And use of the tidal Thames increases







A new edition of the Port of London Authority's Recreational Users Guide has been published.

It has been revised following increased use of the river by more and larger vessels.

The PLA is also considering launching an online forum for leisure boaters where they can ask questions and get involved in discussions about boating on the Tideway.

The new guide, available free to members of the PLA's Tidal Thames Navigators Club, was launched at a pre-season briefing session aboard the passenger vessel Elizabethan moored in the Upper Pool.

The PLA’s harbourmaster’s team emphasised the increased importance of leisure boaters preparing a passage plan when using the Tideway including keeping up to date on the latest notices for mariners, being aware of procedures on the river and keeping in touch with port control.

Boaters are also urged to use the PLA’s Boating on the Thames website.


Among the projects that have resulted in increased shipping activity on the Thames has been Crossrail where vessels are transporting a total of five million tons of earth excavated from its tunnels downstream to Kent and Essex.

And in the lower river increased commercial traffic has also resulted in the expansion of London Gateway port. The largest vessel ever to enter the Thames, the 400 metre-long  Munkebo Maersk,recently docked at the port.

Latest figures from Transport for London  also illustrate the increased passenger activity on the tidal river. The River Action Plan, launched last year, detailed measures designed to increase the number of river passengers to 12 million by 2020, and last year fhey had already increased to 8.5 million.

The record year for passenger numbers on the River Thames saw significant growth in both River Bus and River Tours services.  The Putney to Blackfriars River Bus service has seen a 130 per cent increase in passenger numbers since its re-launch in April 2013.

In response to this increase in passenger demand an additional two morning and three evening sailings have been introduced. Meanwhile River Tours saw a growth of approximately 20 per cent in journeys on the Thames during 2013/14.  

Copies of the Tidal Thames Recreational Users Guide are available by joining the club free HERE

Story dated March 19th 2015