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Earl Pumping Station

Site information

The site is part of an existing Thames Water Pumping Station that has been in use for many years and will remain operational throughout our works.


Earl Pumping Station

May 2020 

Following a pause to our works as part of our response to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have resumed some construction work at our Earl pumping Station site. We have introduced several additional precautions so that our team can do this work safely.

Over the last few months we excavated the shaft to 50 metres. Around 580m3 of concrete was poured continuously to construct the base slab;  a reinforced concrete structure at the bottom of the shaft.

Our next phase of works will be to construct the secondary lining portals at the bottom of the shaft. The tunnel will pass through these portals on its journey under the Earl Pumping Station site towards Chambers Wharf in Bermondsey.

All non-essential staff who can work from home are doing so.

If you have any questions about this or our site at Earl Pumping Station please get in touch with our helpdesk on 08000 30 80 80 or [email protected]  





What are our working hours?

Standard working hours are 8am to 6pm Monday-Friday and 8am-1pm Saturday.  Also, there is a 1 hour mobilisation period before and after the Standard Working Hours, plus maintenance periods on Saturday 1-5pm and Sundays 10am-4pm.

Extended working hours are required to allow major concrete pours for shaft construction.

The last Community Liaison Working Group drop in meeting took place on Monday 24 February.

24 February 2020 - Community Liaison Working Group Minutes

24 February 2020 - Community Liaison Working group Presentation

23 September 2019 - Community Liaison Working Group Minutes

23 September 2019 - Community Liaison Working group Presentation




Previous minutes are available upon request,  please contact the Tideway Helpdesk on 08000 30 80 80 or email [email protected]

  • All static machinery and plant will be screened or enclosed

  • The excavated material handling area will be enclosed

  • Vehicle movements outside of standard hours will be restricted

  • Hoarding will be erected on the site boundaries

  • All concrete used at the site will be delivered premixed and no concrete batching will take place onsite

  • A one-way transport system for all routine vehicles - entering the site from Plough Way, right turn into Yeoman St and right turn into the site; and exiting from Croft St, along Chiltern Grove and Yeoman St, then along Plough Way

  • Footpath diversions will be clearly signposted

There are lots of ways to find out what’s happening at this site, you can:

  • Call our 24 hour Tideway Helpdesk 08000 30 80 80 or email [email protected]

  • Take a moment to read the latest updates on the noticeboards on our hoardings.

  • Visit Tideway's Community Information Centre at Chambers Wharf open every Wednesday 2pm – 7pm, our team will be able to answer your questions and talk about the work.

  • Email our dedicated Community Relations teams available to answer your questions or meet with you, via [email protected]

  • Join our regular Community Liaison Working Group meetings, to attend the meetings or receive the minutes and presentations from past meetings, email [email protected]. Meeting details will be emailed, published online and on site hoardings.

You can also sign up to receive information updates and newsletters via [email protected].

Submissions to the Council 
These works will be undertaken with the same controls identified in the Development Consent Order and Code of Construction Practice. We will notify anyone living near the site in advance of any works taking place. We are making a number of submissions to the London Borough of Lewisham as part of the consents we need to secure before starting different phases of work at the Earl Pumping Station site. These submissions are available to view on the London Borough of Lewisham's planning portal by searching for 'Thames Tideway Tunnel'. Please click here to be redirected. If you are interested on commenting on these submissions, please ensure you respond directly to the London Borough of Lewisham.

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