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Backing for Thames wharves report

Strong support for the report by the Mayor of London on securing the future of Thames cargo-handling wharves has come from the Port of London Authority (PLA). The PLA welcomes the clear recommendations set out in the report and agrees that it will help further strengthen the role of the Thames for the movement of freight.

The report’s proposals on the use of the existing ‘safeguarding’ policy (which protects riverside wharves from redevelopment into non-port use) are endorsed by the PLA. The report recommends:

  • 25 wharves west of the Thames Barrier should remain ‘safeguarded’
  • 25 wharves east of the Barrier should be ‘safeguarded’ for the first time
  • 3 wharves west of the Barrier should be released from 'safeguarding' 
  • 19 wharves east of the Barrier should not be 'safeguarded'

The PLA also strongly supports the ‘reactivation strategy’ to bring back into use some currently unused wharves. This follows a marketing exercise led by the PLA. The three wharves chosen to be brought back into use first are:

  • Hurlingham Wharf in Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Orchard Wharf in Tower Hamlets
  • Peruvian Wharf in Newham

Port of London Authority chief executive Richard Everitt said:

“This report recognises the importance of the Thames as an environmentally friendly thoroughfare into the capital. The recommendation to safeguard wharves east of the Thames Barrier is also excellent news. It ensures the Port of London’s key position as the natural gateway to the major markets of London and the South East.”

Notes to editors:

The report ‘Safeguarded Wharves on the River Thames’ can be seen at www.london.gov.uk

  1. For further information see the GLA news release “Mayor to unlock freight potential of Thames”. For details contact Matthew Neylan or Richard Brookes, GLA. Tel: 020 7983 4020 / 6550
  2. Further information on the PLA from Martin Garside, Port of London Authority (Tel: 020 7743 7915. Mob: 07736 362385).
  3. The PLA is the port authority for 150km (95 miles) of the tidal Thames from the sea to Teddington. It provides navigational, pilotage and other services for ships using the Port of London. London is one of the top three ports in the UK and handles over 50 million tonnes of cargo each year. The Port of London comprises over 70 independently owned and operated terminals and port facilities, which handle a wide range of cargoes.