Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore (City of London)

Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore (City of London)

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The Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore site is located on the north bank of the river Thames to the west of the Blackfriars Road Bridge. Blackfriars is one of Tideway’s largest sites, and one of a small number located in the heart of central London.

Works Update

11 October 2018

This autumn we will be carrying out extended working hours, including on the weekends, at our Blackfriars Foreshore site. This will require 24-hour working between 15 October and 21 December 2018. More Information

Want to know more or get involved?

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.
  • 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]

Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore - Latest News

Victoria Embankment westbound closure

From 6th August 2018 there will be no access to the westbound carriageway of the Victoria Embankment from Southwark Bridge for approximately six weeks. This is to facilitate investigation works to a gas main under the road that could be affected as a result of Tideway’s works at our Blackfriars site. You can find out more about travel arrangements during the these works on Transport for London’s website:  

The eastbound carriageway and the Cycle Superhighway are both unaffected by this work and will operate as normal.

This work is to investigate the condition of the existing main and to see if further work is required. This could require a full closure of both the east and westbound carriageways for up to six months in 2019.

Further information about the gas works, please contact: [email protected]

Nighttime and weekend working trials

Due to constraints from existing infrastructure at the Blackfriars site, we're looking at alternatives to the existing hours of operation. For more information click here.

Changes to the road layout at Blackfriars Bridge

The layout of the east-west Cycle Super Highway (CS3) and the north-south Cycle Super Highway (CS6) changed in 2017. Both cycle routes are linked by segregated two-way cycle lanes on the Victoria Embankment.

Transport for London have detailed travel information available on their website.

Road safety at Blackfriars

Tideway is working with the City of London Police and the Corporation of London to improve cycle safety at Blackfriars Bridge. We have held a number of cycle safety training events with cyclists passing the site. We are planning more sessions soon, check the website or @TidewayLondon for more information.

Tideway's River Times - Central

The latest issue of Tideway's new regular community newsletter, produced especially for our neighbours in the central section of the project. 

River Times CENTRAL - Autumn 2018 

Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore - Site Information


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.

There may be periods of continuous (24/7) working to complete marine works in close proximity to the London Underground Waterloo and City Line (near Blackfriars Bridge) and also for some of the shaft/tunnelling works. These periods will be minimised as much as possible.

Loading of barges and barge movements would take place within standard hours.

How we are using the river?

We have committed to using river transport as much as possible to reduce the number of heavy goods vehicles on the roads.

For Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore we anticipate an average of three barges will access the site per day, subject to the tides, with each barge taking approximately 56 heavy goods vehicles off the road.

An anticipated daily average of 11 heavy goods vehicles would access the site each day. This will rise to approximately 46 per day for approximately three months during the peak of activity

Our community

Working in the community

Giving back to the community

Education programme

Careers and skills

Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore - How we are minimising disruption

  • All static machinery and plant is screened or enclosed
  • The excavated material handling area has been enclosed
  • Vehicle movements are strictly limited to set times and coordinated to ensure that no lorries queue outside of the site
  • Footpath diversions are clearly signposted
  • Hoarding has been erected on the site boundaries
  • Wherever possible, push (silent) piling has been used during the construction of Millennium Pier 

Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore - Important site documents


Submissions to the Council

We are making a number of submissions to the City of London as part of the consents we need to secure before starting different phases of work at the Blackfriars site. These submissions are available to view on the City of London’s planning portal. Please click here to be redirected. If you are interested on commenting on these submissions, please ensure you respond directly to the City of London.