Proposals for the new Thames Tunnel to intercept untreated sewage overflows have raised construction problems.
The west to east underground route is roughly below the River Thames with access points.
The good news is that revised plans for the works leave the Thames Path largely untouched.
Worksites on the key right bank (or south) have been moved or even set back from the river.
So, for example, the towpath at Barn Elms is now unaffected.
The biggest objections have been downstream of Tower Bridge where the green grass of King’s Stairs Garden at Rotherhithe was to have been closed for some time. Now the work will be just upstream on Chambers Wharf. This is a ‘brownfield’ site so far not opened up to the Thames Path.
At present the wharf is built out into the river but after tunnel work is complete the wharf would be reduced in size with provision for the Thames Path. This must be a good decision even if some local people are opposing it.
There are two worksites off Nine Elms Lane but the Thames Path will still briefly return to the river at Tideway Walk by Nine Elms Pier.