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Public meeting about the River Thames

The River Thames is the subject for a public meeting taking place at London Rowing Club on Putney Embankment on Thursday 25 February 2016 at 6.30pm.

Organised by the Port of London Authority (PLA), the meeting will be chaired by PLA chief executive Robin Mortimer together with PLA chief harbour master, David Phillips.

The meeting is free and open to anyone interested in the future of the tidal Thames and in the work and activities of the PLA on the river and related concerns. Key matters include recreational use of the River; safety issues; and use of the Thames for passengers, leisure and cargo.

Meeting details:

  • Venue: London Rowing Club, Embankment, Putney SW15 1LB.
  • Start time: 6.30 pm; refreshments from 6.00 pm
  • Nearest public transport: Putney Bridge tube station and Putney mainline railway station
  • Nearest public passenger pier for river-bus services: Putney Pier

After a brief presentation on current issues, the floor will be open for questions and discussion.




About the PLA

  • The PLA oversees navigational safety and river operations on 95 miles of the tidal Thames from Teddington Lock, through the capital, and out to the sea.
  • The PLA is a self-financing organisation, set-up by an Act of Parliament in 1909 to run the tidal River Thames in trust for future generations.
  • Its 350-strong workforce oversees safe navigation, protects the marine environment and promotes the use of the river.
  • The PLA has no shareholders and any financial surpluses are reinvested in stewardship of the river and improving the efficiency of PLA operations.

About the Thames

  • The Thames is home to the UK’s second biggest port, keeping London and the south east supplied with food, fuel and life’s essentials.
  • As the busiest inland waterway in the country, it keeps over five million tonnes of freight (more than 250,000 lorry loads) a year off London’s congested roads