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PLA News Releases


News releases on safety initiatives and developments.



A new water safety guide for residents living close to the tidal Thames has been issued to mark the Royal Life Saving Society’s Drowning Prevention Week (19-26 June).

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New safety guide for Thames-side residents

The public causeway at Erith, stretching over 170 metres into the river, is a vital access point for the emergency services and is widely used for recreation and commerce. Recent surveys taken by the PLA show signs of deterioration of the structure.

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Consultation: Erith Causeway replacement

An external audit of occupational health and safety procedures has confirmed that the Port of London Authority meets important international requirements.

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Safety standard success

New film by Port of London Authority encourages everyone to open up. Simply talking can be a lifeline for people experiencing a mental health problem. #SaferThames

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Time to talk about mental health

Four “angels” that keep the RNLI pontoon at Royal Terrace Pier safe ascended to the skies (10 December).

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Public urged to look after one another on the river and its banks this yuletide.

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Alcohol, drugs and the Thames: A Christmas cocktail to avoid

As Maritime Safety Week kicks off (6 July), the Port of London Authority (PLA) is calling on river users to make reporting tidal Thames ‘near misses’ a priority in its latest safety drive.

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New campaign to record tidal Thames near misses

As the capital prepares for its hottest day of the year, the Port of London Authority (PLA) has issued a reminder not to underestimate the powers of the tidal River Thames.

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Thames heatwave safety call

A partnership to promote the highest safety standards for all boat operators on the tidal Thames has been launched by the Company of Waterman & Lighterman and the Port of London Authority (PLA).

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Raising the bar for river workers’ safety training

Work to dismantle and remove the old West Street Pier in Gravesend is well underway. The pier was used for a number of years by passengers of the Gravesend – Tilbury ferry. But in 2012 the ferry moved to the renovated Town Pier.

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Works to remove West Street Pier

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