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'Super sewer' impact on water bills to be minimised

If the tunnel had been in operation last year, it would have captured 97% of the sewage that poured in to London’s river. Hardly a week goes by when untreated sewage is pouring in to London’s river and we are pleased that we can now start to tackle this archaic problem. This is a huge project but it’s a huge problem, and we can now get on with tackling it. It’s no easy task, but we’re confident that we can deliver this project and still achieve our aim of minimising the impact on our customer bills.

– Andy Mitchell, chief executive of Thames Tideway Tunnel

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Water bills to rise after 'super sewer' approval

Thames Water has been given the go-ahead to start building London’s ‘super sewer’ which will tackle the sewage pollution in to the tidal River Thames.

Water bills will rise £70-80 Credit: PA

The 25km tunnel will run underground from Acton in West London, and travel roughly the line underneath the river to Abbey Mills Pumping Station in East London, where it will connect to the Lee Tunnel. Its construction means water bills will rise £70-80 by the mid 2020s.

Boris Johnson has 'Achilles heel' in West London

By Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

But one of Johnson's rivals claimed the mayor has an Achilles heel. Simon Dudley, a councillor in Windsor & Maidenhead, was born on the same day as the mayor.

Simon Dudley Credit: ITV News

He's not local, he's going to have a number of different demands on his time.

He does a great job as Mayor of London but for the residents of this constituency they want someone who's here for them 100% of the time. I'm a local candidate, I know the area, I was born here, I understand the issues. What the residents need here is an MP who's going to be here 100% of the time fighting for what they want.

– Simon Dudley

Boris Johnson 'has advantage over rivals' in Uxbridge

By Simon Harris: Political Correspondent

A senior Tory in the west London constituency where Boris Johnson hopes to become a Parliamentary candidate admits the mayor has an advantage over his rivals.

Johnson is one of four applicants who face a grilling tonight from local Conservative party members in Uxbridge & South Ruislip.

The local Conservative association is holding a selection meeting before voting by secret ballot to choose a candidate for the 2015 general election.

Hillingdon council leader Ray Puddifoot helped draw up the shortlist from 62 would-be MPs who applied:

Undoubtedly Boris will be an asset to the national Conservative party should he return to Parliament.

His challenge tonight would be to prove that he would make a good constituency MP as well.

He comes with an advantage over the others that he's done it before. He has been a Conservative MP and from all accounts a pretty good one.

He certainly comes with a presence.

– Ray Puddifoot

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Crossrail 2 to be delivered 'as quickly and effectively as possible'

I am very pleased and excited to be taking on these new responsibilities for the progression of Crossrail 2.

As a board member of Crossrail 1, I am familiar with the immense benefit such schemes have for London and the wider south east and I look forward to ensuring its successor will be delivered as quickly and effectively as possible.

London is growing at a phenomenal rate – 20 per cent over the next 15 years – and it is only through major infrastructure projects such as Crossrail 1, Crossrail 2 and a new hub airport that the challenges and opportunities of that growth can be fully met.

– Daniel Moylan

Boris appoints airport supremo to lead case for Crossrail 2

A week after plans for 'Boris Island' airport were sunk, the mayor has appointed his airports supremo Daniel Moylan to lead the case for Crossrail 2.

Daniel Moylan Credit: PA

If London and its economy are to keep moving then it's essential that we crack on and get Crossrail 2 delivered.

It's a vital project not just for the capital, but also for the regions from which hordes of commuters struggle into work on packed carriages each day.

Daniel is astute and tenacious. His experience representing TfL on the Board of Crossrail 1, his oversight of Transport for London’s massive investment plan and his work on framing aviation policy in the capital make him ideally suited to driving the work around this crucial scheme.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

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