Sewers cost fears voiced

The Consumer Council for Water has shown concern on funding for the proposed Thames Tideway Tunnel.

It argued that no public subsidy is planned and customers of Thames Water could foot the £2 billion cost. National chairwoman Yve Buckland said: "What will be added to bills is way above what customers will pay."

A Thames Water spokesman responded: "There are financing issues, but a cost has not yet been agreed."

The tunnel is designed to help London's strained sewer system. It is due to be completed by 2020 (Planning, 30 March, p5).

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