Deptford Church Street (Deptford)

Deptford Church Street (Deptford)

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We are Tideway – Reconnecting London with the River Thames

Tideway is building the Thames Tideway Tunnel. This is a 25km storage and transfer tunnel designed to tackle the problem of sewage overflow into London’s River Thames.

London’s 150-year-old sewage system is regularly operating beyond its capacity. This means millions of tonnes of raw untreated waste spills into the River every year at sites across London. Our project will tackle this problem, providing a cleaner and healthier river for Londoners. You can read more about how we’re delivering this project in your neighbourhood below:  

Our site at Deptford Church Street – works so far completed

Our site at Deptford Church Street is adjacent to the historic St Paul’s Church. Our site has been designed to reduce the land required and to minimise the impact to local people as much as possible.

So far our works have focussed on the clearing the site prior to works beginning and the construction of a drop shaft which will connect the existing sewer system to the new connection tunnel.

This site will be used to intercept the Deptford Storm Relief Sewer combined sewer overflow, divert flows into the Greenwich connection tunnel and to the main tunnel, tackling the problem of sewage overflow into the Deptford Creek.

Works update

Further to our recent information sheet, we have installed boreholes within the shaft to allow us to investigate groundwater.

We will soon be doing a groundwater pump test, which will involve pumping water from a borehole to understand the flow and depth of groundwater, ahead of any excavation works.

The pump will run throughout the night for 48 hours and is currently planned to start on Wednesday 17 October.

It will be powered through the electrical mains of the site, with a generator if required.


Information Sheets

You can find our information sheet regarding traffic changes around Deptford Church Street here

You can find our information sheet regarding shaft wall construction here and works within Deptford Creek here

You can read our information sheet regarding changes to road layout on Resolution Way here


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.
  • 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].

Tideway's River Times - East

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

River Times EAST - Autumn 2018 

Deptford Church Street - 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.

Extended working hours may be required for the main works to allow major concrete pours for shaft construction. This will not be until late 2017/early 2018.

How will we access the site?

For Deptford Church Street we anticipate an average of nine heavy goods vehicles will access the site per day for the majority of the construction. This will rise to 32 heavy goods vehicles per day for approximately seven months during construction of the shaft.

Deptford Church Street - How we will minimise disruption

  • Equipment and operations will be located away from sensitive receptors
  • The site will be returned to public use as soon as practicable, including potential phasing, allowing partial use
  • A 3.6m high hoarding will be erected on the site boundaries
  • No scheduled lorry movements will take place between 8:30 to 9:15 and 15:00 and 15:45 during school term time
  • All concrete used will be delivered pre-mixed
  • Access/egress into Coffey St will be maintained at all times unless otherwise agreed
  • Vehicle movements outside of standard hours will be restricted
  • On-street parking bays will be introduced along Crossfield St (to as far as Coffey St)
  • Pedestrian and vehicular access to St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School via Crossfield St will be maintained at all times; a segregated pedestrian route to the school will be provided

Deptford Church Street - Important site documents


Submissions to the Council

Our 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 Deptford Church Street 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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