Greenwich Pumping Station (Greenwich)

Greenwich Pumping Station (Greenwich)

DCO Greenwich Pumping Station above ground 1024x724

The site consists of Thames Water’s existing operational Greenwich Pumping Station site and associated buildings, two railway viaducts that bisect the site and Phoenix Wharf.

The Problem

At this location, in a typical year, there would be 51 discharges of untreated sewage with a volume of about 8,320,000 tonnes into the tidal River Thames.

The Solution

Our Greenwich Pumping Station site will control the discharges from the Greenwich Pumping Station combined sewer overflow. When the tunnel is in operation it is expected that only four discharges would occur.

What's happening?

  • In the coming months we will be strengthening the river wall at Phoenix 
  • Later this year we will start the shaft construction

What are our working hours?

  • Standard working hours are 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm Saturdays. 
  • 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 late 2017/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. 

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 will be 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.

Site location

Greenwich Pumping Station - Works update

8 June, 2017 - Pathway works and road lane closure

From Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 June, we will be working within the pathway between Norman Road and the Ha'Penny Hatch Bridge. From 28 June to 1 September there will be a single lane closure on part of Norman Road. For more information about these works, click here.

10 May, 2017 - Works Update

As part of our works we will be closing one lane on part of Norman Road from 25 May to 28 July. we will also start to receive deliveries of equipment and machinery to site from late May onward. For more information about our upcoming work, please click here

4 January, 2017 - Works Update

Preparatory work in support of the Thames Tideway Tunnel is progressing well, with the team working on the sewer adjacent to Norman Road. With This in mind, we have been given permission to work additional hours from the week commencing 9 January. For more information click here.  

Greenwich Pumping Station - Community Liaison Working Groups

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 17 October 2017 at 19:00 at the Creekside Discovery Centre, 14 Creekside, London SE8 4SA. 

If you are interested in being involved or would like to find out more call our Helpdesk on 08000 30 80 80 or email

11 July 2017 - Community Liaison Working Group presentation 

7 March 2017 - Community Liaison Working Group Minutes

28 November 2016 - Community Liaison Working Group Minutes

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

Our community

Working in the community 

Giving back to the community 

Education programme 

Careers and skills 

Tideway returners