Under the earth, up in the air – things you should know

Two consultations about things you might not be aware of, but may affect your life in the future…

You may have heard about the Thames Tunnel (no, not that one) being planned by Thames Water to deal with London’s sewage. Too much of London’s shit still ends up in the river, so the plan is to build a big tunnel under the Thames to take it all away. What you may not have known is that two of the proposed routes involve tunnelling under the Greenwich peninsula and a slice of the Charlton riverside.

Thames Water would prefer to send this all this effluent north, but the other routes remain on the table. If you want to find out more, there’s an exhibition at the Thames Barrier visitor centre on Thursday and Friday between 10.30am and 8pm.

Ah, sunset over West Thamesmead wouldn’t be the same without the roar of planes from London City Airport. But the airborne racket caused by take-offs and landings can be heard as far away as Blackheath, and a once-relatively innocuous neighbour is increasingly making its presence felt along the river with more planes and more jets using the Docklands airport.

Greenwich Council is remarkably slow on the uptake with all issues LCY, frighteningly so considering it’s responsible for a chunk of the airport’s crash zone… otherwise known as “West Thamesmead”.

The London Assembly, however, isn’t, and has been spending the past few months consulting with the public about the issue. (I don’t recall this being in “campaigning” Greenwich Time…) The consultation ends on Thursday, so if you want to fill in a short survey about your thoughts on City Airport, do it now and they’ll be very grateful.


  1. Bit of a no-brainer surely? Instead of digging a tunnel beneath urban London, they can instead lower and bury a large pipe under the water of Limehouse Cut.

    Cheaper, simpler, quicker. No?

  2. If you look at the map, the Abbey Mills route says (in very small print) that it is indeed the Limehouse Cut. I assume that’s for cost/speed/disruption reasons …

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