A 60 tonne boat has started dredging almost one and half miles of water from from Bow Locks on Bow Creek to the Waterworks River next to the to the site of the planned Olympic pool.

Around 30,000 tonnes of silt, gravel and rubble as well as tyres, shopping trolleys, timber and at least one motor car will be removed.

Richard Jackson, environment manager for the Olympic Development Authority, said: “The Olympic Park is characterised by a series of waterways which act as green corridors running through the heart of the site.

“Currently, they are polluted, neglected and under-used, and have been treated as a dumping ground for everything from shopping trolleys to cars.

“This dredging programme is an important step in regenerating the waterways and will help improve water quality, creating better habitats for wildlife and plants.”

Once the dredging is complete 350-tonne barges will be able to carry materials in and out of the site.

Luke Walsh

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