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About the Thames

The River Thames is the busiest inland waterway in the United Kingdom, carrying 60% of all goods lifted on the UK's inland waterway network. There is continued potential for further growth in freight and passenger traffic on the River Thames. We continue to help people make the most of this potential, ensuring that the any plans can safely be accommodated on the already busy river.


Official opening of Peruvian Wharf

See the culmination of a 20-year PLA campaign to reopen Peruvian Wharf in Newham for freight handling, as Jules Pipe CBE, the deputy mayor for planning and regeneration and local MP Stephen Timms visit the site. The reactivation of the site is set to see building materials moved by river direct to East London, taking lorries off the capital’s congested roads, reducing congestion and improving air quality. The Brett Group and the site’s other new tenants are expected to handle more than 400,000 tonnes of cargo a year, annually keeping more than 20,000 lorries off London’s roads.

Thames Vision launch – July 2016

The Thames Vision was launched in early July 2016. The Vision is a framework for the development of the tidal Thames over the next 20 years. Launched with London’s new deputy mayor for transport, Val Shawcross, the Vision sets out six goals for the future. In this film find out about the goals and what some of the contributors to the Vision thought at the launch.

Thames Vision – Goals

A Thames Vision focused flight along the Thames from the mouth to West. It takes in the sights of the port, inland freight, passenger travel, environment, sport, recreation, culture and community, taking in the goals for their future growth set out in the Thames Vision. For more information visit: www.pla.co.uk/ThamesVision

The Many Faces of the Thames Today

The Thames. An iconic river enjoyed by millions of people every year. Riverside World Heritage sites and major sporting events draw visitors. Thousands of ships a year call at terminals, bringing essential goods and carrying exports overseas. A thriving environment. A place to live. A route to work. Somewhere to watch and marvel at heritage or get hands on with foreshore archaeology. A river overseen by the PLA as Custodians of the Tidal Thames. Our latest film captures the essence of the Thames today – and we hope it might encourage you to come and have a look too.

2015 Thames and PLA Highlights

The Thames and PLA highlights of 2015 included filming for the latest Bond movie, welcoming some of the largest ships in the world, launching the Cleaner Thames campaign and planning for the future with the Thames Vision project.

Highlights 2014, how we create value and looking ahead to the Thames Vision

From our 2014 Stakeholder Forum, a film looking at the highlights of 2014 on the Thames (and for the PLA), plus how the work we do creates value for society and looking ahead to shaping a Vision for the development of the tidal Thames over the next 20 years.

All about Richmond Lock and Weir on the Thames

Richmond Lock and Weir is a half tide weir and lock, owned and operated by the Port of London Authority, the facility is used to maintain the upstream river level at no less than five feet and nine inches below datum line. A lock enables boats to continue travelling up or down river when the weirs are in place.

The Green Motorway

A short film about growing use of the river Thames to move freight through London. The 5.3 million tonnes moved in 2013 is keeping more than 265,000 lorries movements of the city's busy roads. Interviews with: Thames Shipping, J Clubbs, Crossrail and the PLA.

Rising Tide: Thames passenger journeys (Short)

Record numbers of people are taking to the Thames to commute to see the sight or to enjoy a private charter. Figures for 2013 show passenger numbers increased to 8.5 million. Find out all about the Mayo's river action plan launched in February 2013 and plans to increase the number of river passengers to 12 million by 2020, Interviews with: Mayor's River Ambassador, Richard Tracey AM; London River Services, City Cruises, Thames Clippers and passengers on-board vessels on the Thames.

Rising Tide: Thames passenger journeys (Full)

More people are travelling on the Thames than ever before. Find out about plans to increase passenger trips to 12 million by 2020 in interviews with: Mayor's River Ambassador, Richard Tracey AM; London River Services, City Cruises, Thames Clippers and passengers on-board vessels on the Thames.