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Updating the tidal River Thames strategy: Working towards a safe and sustainable future

The tidal Thames is one of the greatest assets of London and the south east. Home to the UK’s largest port and busiest inland waterway for passengers and freight, it is also a centre for watersports and a major draw for visitors.

At the Port of London Authority it is our focus is to help people make the most of the river, which runs 95 miles from Teddington Lock through the centre of London to the commercial port and estuary. Our core roles are to ensure navigational safety, improve the environment and promote the use of the Thames.

The Thames Vision 2035 river strategy, launched in 2016 captures six goals for increasing the use of the Thames in a safe and sustainable way across port trade, inland freight, passenger transport, sport, environment, culture and community.

The tidal Thames in 2050 will be a very different place as we collectively work towards a safe and sustainable future shaped by new technologies, changing cities, emissions reduction and climate resilience. We will be working to create an updated Vision reflecting this through engagement with customers, strategic partners, river users and other stakeholders.

As we embark on the refresh, we have launched a stakeholder engagement effort.