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Broken Thames Tideway barge causes Free Trade Wharf evacuation

By on November 8, 2017 in Save King Edward Memorial Park

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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