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.

The Problem

At this location, in a typical year, there are 21 discharges of untreated sewage with a volume of about 520,000 tonnes into the tidal River Thames.

The Solution

Our Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore site will control the discharges from the Fleet Main combined sewer overflow. When the tunnel is in operation it is expected that only four discharges would occur.

What will be happening at Blackfriars?

Last year, a new riverboat pier at Blackfriars, was built by Tideway’s contractors to make way for the main construction works on the East side of Blackfriars bridge.

We are also pleased to have opened a new lift and stairs at Blackfriars, connecting the new riverboat pier to the bridge and Blackfriars railway station for the first time.

We have diverted the Cycle Superhighway and also closed the old down ramp onto the Victoria Embankment.

We will soon be creating a new cofferdam by sinking piles into the riverbed to form a wall.

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 earlier this year. Both cycle routes are linked by segregated two-way cycle lanes on the Victoria Embankment.

Part of the Riverside Walk (Thames Path) between Blackfriars Bridge and Temple Avenue is now closed. Pedestrians are able to use the footpath on the Victoria Embankment slip-road. There is an alternative route in operation which will be clearly signposted. Prior to the closure a new lift and stairs connecting the new Blackfriars Pier and Blackfriars station will was installed and is operation improving access between the bridge and the embankment.

There is a signposted diversion for motorists and other road users.

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

What are the working hours?

  • Standard working hours will be 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm Saturdays. Vehicle movements would also be restricted to these times.
  • 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 will we use 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

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Submissions to the Council 

We will be 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.

Get involved

A business breakfast was held on the 30 November where local businesses were invited to meet the team and find out more information about the project. 

We will be setting up a regular Community Liaison Working Group to keep you informed about our works, listen to your views and feedback and help minimise disruption on the local community. The purpose of this group is to keep you informed about our works, listen to your views and feedback and help minimise disruption to your community. If you are interested in being involved or would like to find out more call our Helpdesk on 08000 30 80 80 or email

Site location

Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore - Works update

12 July 2017 

We will be excavating small localised pits to uncover any services or cables in the area.  For more information click here.

20 April 2017 

From 24th April 2017 we will be closing the riverside path and underpass. For more information click here.

19 December 2016 

Ahead of our main works starting, the road layout is changing at on the Victoria Embankment. For more information click here.


Blackfriars Bridge Foreshore - How we will minimise disruption

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

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