Boosting economic growth was top of the agenda for delegates visiting the Thames Tideway Tunnel drop-in at Labour Party Conference in Manchester on Tuesday (2 October).
On the day Labour Leader Ed Miliband emphasised the need for economic growth in his keynote address, the Thames Tideway Tunnel team were briefing party members about the 9,000 jobs the project expects to create.
Shadow Defra ministers Gavin Shuker and Tom Harris, plus Greenwich MP Nick Raynsford, were among those to pledge support for the scheme which will help tackle the discharge of sewage into the tidal River Thames.
Other attendees included councillors and activists from across the 14 London boroughs potentially affected by the project’s construction. The event also attracted interest from as far afield as Salford, with MP Hazel Blears dropping in to find out more.
The economic benefits of the Thames Tideway Tunnel were also highlighted at an Infrastructure Alliance fringe event ‘Avoiding the Infrastructure Crunch: getting Britain working.’ CITB Construction Skills Deputy Chairman Judy Lowe commended the role the project will play in providing apprenticeships and sustainable employment.