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20.04.2010

Bridge Book Spans Tidal Thames

The new PLA Bridges GuideThe most comprehensive bridge navigation guide ever written for the Thames has been published by the Port of London Authority (PLA).

The book, which took a team of river specialists several years to compile, details 29 crossings between Dartford and Richmond.

It's packed with photos, diagrams, and charts which record each structure's dimensions. It gives advice to boaters on manoeuvring through or near bridges. And it has separate sections on tides, navigation lights, and local 'rules of the road'.

Although it was written primarily as a guide to navigation, it's already proving a hit with architecture enthusiasts and fans of the Thames.

PLA chief harbour master David Snelson said:

"The Thames through London is one of the most challenging inland waterway passages any mariner is likely to make in the UK - if not Europe. Its bridges, in particular, can be hazardous to the unsuspecting.

"That’s why this book is a must read for everyone planning to navigate the tidal Thames, as well as for those who have a wider, more general interest in the river."

The book, the 'Mariners Guide to Bridges on the Tidal Thames', has been printed on waterproof paper and bound with a wire spine so that it’s easier to use at the wheel of a boat.

To order, contact the PLA on 01474 562269

Notes to Editors:

The Port of London Authority (PLA) is responsible for safety and related matters on 150km (95 miles) of the tidal Thames from Teddington to the sea.