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Three major projects given go-ahead

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Posted by APM on 26th Sep 2014

Thames Tideway TunnelThree Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) have been granted development consent.

A total of 24 projects have now been given the green light since the start of the scheme.

All three projects, Thames Tideway Tunnel, the Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm in north Wales and the North Killingholme Power Project, were examined by the Planning Inspectorate.

Recommendations were then made to the relevant Secretary of State, who has become the decision maker on all national infrastructure applications.

The decision process was completed on time following substantial public engagement. The Planning Inspectorates chief executive, Simon Ridley, said: These decisions demonstrate the increasing strength and importance of the National Infrastructure regime.

The certainty of knowing when a decision will be made following full consideration of public views provides developers and investors with the confidence needed to plan the infrastructure improvements this country needs to secure future economic growth.

Thames Tideway Tunnel, dubbed London's 'super sewer, will tackle the sewage pollution in the River Thames.

The 25km tunnel will run underground from Acton storm tanks in West London, roughly following the line underneath the river to Abbey Mills Pumping Station in East London, where it will connect to the Lee Tunnel.

The sewage collected from the 34 most polluting discharge points along the tidal river in Central London will then be taken via the Lee Tunnel to Beckton sewage works for treatment.

Last year, 55 million tonnes of sewage polluted the River Thames, far higher than the average 39 million tonnes that discharges in a typical year.

With the weather of 2014 already proving to be wetter than a typical year, the amount of sewage which is going into the river is likely to once again be above average.

Andy Mitchell, chief executive of Thames Tideway Tunnel, said: If the tunnel had been in operation last year, it would have captured 97% of the sewage that poured in to Londons river.

Hardly a week goes by when untreated sewage isn't pouring in to Londons river and we are pleased that we can now start to tackle this archaic problem.

This is a huge project but its a huge problem, and we can now get on with tackling it. Its no easy task, but were confident that we can deliver this project and still achieve our aim of minimising the impact on our customer bills.

The Thames Tideway Tunnel will take seven years to build, and main construction can now start in 2016 as planned.

Image: Thames Tideway Tunnels Ltd

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