Transporting construction materials on the Thames

MQT on 2016-01-20
Session date: 
January 20, 2016
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What are you doing to increase use of the river freight loading facilities near Southwark Bridge and Shad Thames?


Answer for Transporting construction materials on the Thames

Answer for Transporting construction materials on the Thames

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL is working with the Port of London Authority (PLA) to ensure that maximising the amount of freight carried on the River Thames is at the core of both the PLA's and TfL's future plans. One of the six key objectives of the PLA's Thames Vision is to get "more goods off roads and onto the river". While there are no specific plans for Southwark Bridge or Shad Thames at present, a process to identify opportunities for better use of the river for freight is part of our collective vision.

In the meantime, TfL and the GLA are taking every opportunity to ensure as much construction traffic moves on the Thames as possible. For example, I announced in November 2015 that the 600,000 tonnes of waste to be excavated from the construction of the Northern Line Extension will be shipped by the barge-load to Goshems Farm in Tilbury, Essex.