London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport, Val Shawcross has welcomed the launch of the Thames Vision, a framework for developing greater use of the Thames over the next 20 years.
Developed by the Port of London Authority (PLA) and river stakeholders over the last 18 months, the vision sets out six goals for increased river use, including more goods being moved by river, doubling the number of passenger trips and greater participation in sport and recreation.
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:
- The busiest-ever Port of London, handling 60–80 million tonnes of cargo a year.
- More goods and materials routinely moved between wharves on the river – every year over four million tonnes carried by water – taking over 400,000 lorry trips off the region’s roads.
- Double the number of people travelling by river – reaching 20 million commuter and tourist trips every year.
- Greater participation in sport and recreation and alongside the water.
- The river the cleanest since the Industrial Revolution, with improved habitats and awareness of heritage.
- A riverside which is a magnet for ramblers, historians, artists and others, whether living nearby, on the river or travelling from further afield.
Posted on: July 22nd 2016