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Working for a vibrant, safe and sustainable river


12 facts about the Tidal Thames, illustrated with beautiful imagery.

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12 Facts About the Tidal Thames

The Port of London Authority (PLA) owns and operates Richmond Footbridge, Lock and Weir, situated between Teddington and Richmond, which offers a wonderful location for any type of film and television productions as well as still photography.

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Filming at Richmond Lock and Weir

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. Latest Department for Transport statistics (2013) show over five million tonnes of freight were transported on the Thames, up 62% on the year before. This helps keep over 265,000 lorry movements a year off London's congested roads.

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Freight on the Water

Continuous monitoring of the river and estuary are essential to the safe navigation of the Thames.

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Hydrographic Surveying

A bespoke 850 open deck RIB built for the PLA by Redbay Boats in 2012.

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New PLA RIB - Gunfleet

Our fleet doesn't just consist of boats! Take a look at some of the other vehicles the Port of London Authority have on the roads.

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Our Vehicles

This challenge was supported by the PLA in celebration of the Authority's Centenary. A team of eight, including six PLA staff, aimed to conquer the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales over a three-day period which saw them travel almost 1300 miles and scale a combined height of 3407 metres.

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PLA Centenary 3 Peak Challenge

Over 1,000 people attended the recent PLA-hosted Thames Careers Day. Visitors learnt about training opportunities and Thames operations from 24 exhibitors, before seeing round the PLA’s Marine Services base at Denton Wharf.

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Thames Careers Open Day

Lambeth is part of a fleet of four purpose-built harbour patrol vessels used in the middle and lower districts of the tidal Thames, between Putney Bridge and the North Sea.

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The Construction and Launch of Lambeth