In recent months I have been told, seperately by a civil engineer and a financier, that this is so much garbage. (Incidentally, it's fairly clear that both their private vested interests are best served by the project going ahead - indeed, by any massive project going ahead.) The reason is that, thanks to new planning & building standards as part of a very successful programme called SuDs - Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems - the overload on the existing system at times of sudden downpours has been reducing steadily, and will reduce further as more and more developments are made using these techniques. The spec for the super-sewer was drawn up before SuDS really started in earnest: comparable to investing in a scheme for disposing of the 'ever-increasing' amounts of horse manure produced by all those horse-drawn vehicles on the streets of London Town.
|No light at the end|
And all with almost-guaranteed rates of return: and (mostly) paid for by consumers on their bills - what's not to like ? The likes of National Grid and Thames Water couldn't survive without this ceaseless round of 'activity'.
Light at the end of the tunnels ? There is no end.