After more than 20 years, London’s super sewer is a breath of fresh air | News

London can breathe a little easier – animals, fish, birds and pets as well as humans.

The excavation has been completed for the city’s “super sewer”, the 16-mile-long Thames Tideway Tunnel, which runs under the river from Acton in the west to Abbey Mills pumping station in the east, six years after construction began and more than 20 years after the project was first put forward.

Sir Neville Simms, chairman of the Tideway Group, said: “London is a huge leap forward towards a cleaner Thames.”

The six huge tunnel machines – named after pioneering London women – will be dismantled. The shaft gets its secondary cladding before it goes into use in 2025, a few months late, thanks to Covid.

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