Greenwich Pumping Station (Greenwich)

Greenwich Pumping Station (Greenwich)


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 Greenwich Pumping Station: Works completed so far

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. The site is unusual as it bisected by the Lewisham Branch of the Docklands Light Railway, and our works take place on either side of the railway.

Works at Greenwich are progressing well and so far we have completed the construction of the shaft which will be the starting point of the connection tunnel from Greenwich to Chambers Wharf. This connection tunnel will provide additional sewer capacity in South East London and will help tackle the problem of sewage overflow into the Deptford Creek and River Ravensbourne.

Upcoming works

The next stage of works is to excavate the completed shaft which will allow the tunnel boring machine (TBM) to be lowered to the required depth to begin the main works of tunneling. Prior to this work starting, we will be constructing an acoustic enclosure which will protect residents and our neighbours from noise and dust during the excavation and tunneling.  


Works update

October Information Sheet 

You can find our latest information sheet, Night Work to Install the Acoustic Enclosure here

July Works update

You can find an update of construction works here, and latest information sheet regarding works within Deptford Creek here

June Works update 

We have now completed the diaphragm walls of the shaft. The next phase of constructions works will be the excavation of the shaft, and the installation of the acoustic enclosure. To read more about this next phase of work click 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 

Greenwich Pumping Station - 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.

For the main construction work, periods of extended working hours will be intermittent and are required to perform certain construction activities, such as works for concrete pours, pilling and the construction of a diaphragm walls for shaft construction

There will be approximately 27 months, commencing in early 2018, of 24-hour working during the construction of the Greenwich Connection Tunnel. Works will predominately be underground. Surface works include essential support activities such as processing and handling of excavated material and shaft lifting operations. The majority of surface works will be within an enclosed acoustic shed.

How will we access the site?

An anticipated daily average of 25 heavy goods vehicles will access the site. This will rise to approximately 77 heavy goods vehicles per day over an estimated twelve-month period during tunnelling.

Greenwich Pumping Station - How we will minimise disruption

  • All static machinery and plant will be screened or enclosed
  • The excavated material handling area will be enclosed
  • There will be a noise enclosure over the shaft during the connection tunnel construction
  • Hoarding will be erected on the site boundaries
  • Replacement planting shall be provided for the trees and scrub to be removed for construction

Greenwich Pumping Station - Important site documents


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 Greenwich as part of the consents we need to secure before starting different phases of work at the Greenwich Pumping Station site. These submissions are available to view on the London Borough of Greenwich's planning portal by searching for 'Thames Tideway Tunnel'. Please click here to be redirected. If you are interested in commenting on these submissions, please ensure you respond directly to the London Borough of Greenwich.

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