Silvertown Tunnel is a 1.4km twin-bore road tunnel that is currently being constructed under the Thames. It is the first new tunnel to be built in London in over 30 years.  

In 2019, Transport for London awarded RiverLinx SPV the contract to design, build, finance, and maintain the Silvertown Tunnel. 

As part of this contract, RiverLinx is responsible for limiting the carbon footprint of the construction project. For example, the Thames River is being used to transport construction materials to avoid even more congestion.  

The Silvertown Code of Construction Practice (CoCP) specifies the requirements, strategy, and control measures for the project – including how the construction site will limit dust and mud, contamination control, and reuse of materials where possible.  

After a competitive tendering process, Riverlinx awarded Wheelwash the contract to supply the solution which would prevent mud, dirt and dust from road vehicles from being deposited onto public roads.  

Wheelwash designed, built, and now maintain the solution that best fit the needs of the site and aligned with the Code of Construction Practice requirements to conserve resources.  

Alison Galley, Head of Sales at Wheelwash said “After a thorough analysis of the space available, the site, location, facilities available, and the traffic, our team recommended two 4M Ecowash Excels – one for each exit point.  

Ecowash Excel operates on a closed loop system. 19,000L of water are continually recycled. After the water is sprayed from the jets onto the wheels, it falls through the grates and is pumped back in the settlement tank, ready for the next vehicle. This conserves precious natural resources such as water.” 

Wheelwash provide the ongoing service and maintenance. This preventive care means that the wheel wash works at optimum efficiency and avoids any unnecessary downtime of equipment. 

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