Woolwich Ferry contract

MQT on 2019-10-17
Session date: 
October 17, 2019
Question By: 
Caroline Russell
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Unite the Union has written to Assembly Members raising their concerns about the Briggs Marine contract to operate the Woolwich Ferry. Will Transport for London (TfL) consider bringing this contract in house when awarding the new contract from April 2020?


Answer for Woolwich Ferry contract
Woolwich Ferry contract

Woolwich Ferry contract

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As is standard practice, whenever its contracts are coming to an end, Transport for London (TfL) carefully considers all appropriate future options. I am clear that such reviews should always make provision for challenging any previous assumptions about the contracting out of services, and should also consider whether those services might be better and more cost-effectively delivered in-house. TfL takes Unite’s concerns about the Briggs Marine Ltd. (BML) contract seriously, and will continue to encourage Unite and BML to engage in productive dialogue in order to resolve outstanding issues as speedily as possible