Broken Thames Tideway barge causes Free Trade Wharf evacuation

Reports are just coming in that residents of Free Trade Wharf on the Limehouse / Wapping border have been evacuated tonight due to a mechanical failure of one of the large ‘jack up’ rigs being used by Thames Tideway to construct the supersewer.

Update 21:25 hrs.

The photo from the emergency services at the scene show the barge at an acute angle and it is clear why Free Trade Wharf was evacuated.

And from a local resident…

Thames Tideway Tunnel jack-up rig at King Edward Memorial Park

Free Trade Wharf is a large residential block on the Thames to the east of King Edward Memorial Park.

Thames Tideway Tunnel jack-up rig at King Edward Memorial Park

Details are very sketchy at the moment and we are limited to reading tweets such as the one below:

We have no reports of any injuries and are assuming that the evacuation is a precautionary message while Thames Tideway get their act together and make the jack-up rig safe.

Thames Tideway Tunnel work at King Edward Memorial Park, Free Trade Wharf in background

More news as we get it…





 

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