Concorde on the Thames
Concorde G-BOAA is due to start her unique journey along the Thames from west London on Monday April 12. Her voyage will start from Isleworth at 8.30am. The specialist vessel carrying the aircraft is due to pass Kew Bridge at about 6.30pm that day before anchoring in the Fulham area later that night. She is due to arrive near Westminster Bridge at about 4.30pm on Tuesday April 13.
Those hoping to see Concorde should be aware that the fuselage will not be visible from the riverside for most of her journey on the Thames because she is inside the heavy lift vessel ‘Terra Marique’. However, there is a ‘photo call’ planned near Parliament between 4.30pm and 6pm on Tuesday April 13.
At this point Concorde will be raised up temporarily from inside the ‘Terra Marique’. Concorde will then be lowered back inside for her journey towards the Thames Estuary and out to the North Sea. The aircraft has been acquired by the National Museums of Scotland and is destined for the Museum of Flight near Edinburgh.
Steve Cuthbert, chief executive of the Port of London Authority:
“It is excellent that the Thames is being used for this historic journey. It means that the problems of moving Concorde by road to Scotland are minimised. This journey by water will avoid days of traffic snarl ups, delays and congestion on the roads. We have always said that the Port of London can handle every type of project cargo – Concorde proves the point.”
For further information contact Martin Garside, Port of London Authority (tel: 020 7743 7915).
1. While all times are correct at time of publication, these may change at short notice. All times are approximate. Actual timings will depend on state of the tide, weather and other factors.
2. A more detailed schedule for the movement of Concorde can be viewed at www.portoflondon.co.uk
3. For information about the journey after she leaves the Thames and the plans of the National Museum of Scotland contact Anne McMunn at Porter Novelli in Edinburgh (tel: 0131 470 3400)
4. The ‘Terra Marique’ is operated by Robert Wynn & Sons Ltd. For further information see www.robertwynnandsons.co.uk
5. The Port of London Authority (PLA) is the port authority for 150 km (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.