A new vision for the River Thames has been unveiled, which aims to see the Port of London handle up to 80m tonnes of cargo a year.
The 20-year plan, put together over an 18-month period by the Port of London Authority (PLA) and river users, includes plans for more river use, as well as plans to better protect the river environment – the Thames Tideway Tunnel being a key element.
London’s new Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross said: “This blueprint for the future of the Thames can make an important contribution to the Mayor’s aim of encouraging greater use of the river for the transport of passengers and freight. There has been a significant increase in river passengers but we will be looking at what else can be done to increase those numbers. We want everyone with a stake in the Thames to come together and help guarantee the success of this vital waterway.”
The Thames Vision Goals are for the Port of London to handle 60m to 80m tonnes of cargo a year, the river used to transport more goods between wharves, doubling the number of people travelling by river to reach 20m trips a year, more sport and recreation alongside the river, and making the river its cleanest since the Industrial Revolution.