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Thames Vision project wins award

The Port of London Authority’s (PLA) Thames Vision project has won an award from the City livery company of the transport industry, the Worshipful Company of Carmen.

The Sir Henry Royce Award for transport innovation was presented by Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Lord Mountevans to PLA chairman, Christopher Rodrigues CBE and Vision project director, Katherine Riggs, at the Livery and Awards Banquet at Mansion House. The Thames Vision project was launched in 2015 to plan, with stakeholders, the development of the tidal river over the next 20 years. Previous winners of Carmen awards include the Port of Tilbury, Drayson Racing Technologies and DPD UK.

PLA chairman, Christopher Rodrigues said:

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the Thames Vision project. Everyone has engaged in discussions around the Vision with a spirit of collective endeavour and the result is a really powerful, exciting view of what the river’s future will look like. Our shared challenge is to turn the Vision into reality for the benefit of London, the South East and the wider country.”

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About the PLA

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • More information on the Thames Vision project can be found at: www.pla.co.uk/ThamesVision

About the Thames Vision

  • The Thames Vision is a 20 year plan for the river’s future. The project is currently in a consultation phase to clarify the collective ambitions of stakeholders.
  • Evidence feeding into the Thames Vision includes an economic report, amenity report, trade forecast and capacity study.
  • A number of opportunities to participate have taken place as starting with a six-week call for evidence, before moving into a series of public and sector specific meetings on people’s aspirations for the river. A consultation on the draft Thames Vision Goals and Priority Actions for the next 20 years has recently been completed. For more information please visit: http://pla.co.uk/about-us/the-thames-vision.