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Consumers 'Should Not Pay for Sewage Tunnel'

Magazine article Public Finance

Consumers 'Should Not Pay for Sewage Tunnel'

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The Consumer Council for Water has said it has 'serious concerns' about a £2bn construction project to overhaul London's Victorian water and sewage system, which was approved by the government last week.

Under the plans, a 30km tunnel will be built between west and east London to intercept sewage and rain water that currently runs into the Thames and instead direct it to a treatment plant in East London. As water supplies and sewage are run by the private sector, the costs will have to be met by consumers.

David Bland, chair of the CCW Thames region, said: 'Nobody would dispute that sewage systems must meet decent environmental standards... But this project far outweighs consumers' willingness to pay for improvements.

'The costs will be met wholly through increases in consumers' bills, and will be far more than most are willing or expecting to pay. …

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