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Recent Changes

2001 Sep 17

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Westminster ·Tate (Millbank) · Blackfriars

2000 Dec 03

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Central London Hopper · Greenwich to the Millennium Dome

2000 Oct 06

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Tower Pier · Other River Services

2000 Jan 31

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Royal Arsenal

1999 Sep 13

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Cherry Garden Pier

1999 Sep 04

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Tate Gallery (Millbank) Pier


Piers Index

Greenwich

Tate (Millbank)

Cherry Garden

Globe/Bankside

Greenland

Royal Arsenal

Canary Wharf

Hampton Court

Richmond

Vauxhall Effra

Butlers Wharf

Thames Barrier

Battersea

St Katherine's

Cadogan

Chelsea Harbour

Lambeth

HMS Belfast

Waterloo (Millennium Wheel)

Festival

Westminster

Millennium Exhibition (Dome)

Temple

Oxo Tower

Holiday Inn (Nelson Dock)

Putney

Swan Lane

Woolwich Ferry

Tower

Blackfriars

London Bridge City

Savoy

Embankment (formerly Charing Cross)

Kew

London Bridge (New Fresh Wharf)

Boats and River Services Index

Central London Hopper

Park & Sail to the Millennium Dome

Other Services

Greenwich to the Millennium Dome

London to the Millennium Dome


Piers

South Bank

 

 

 

North Bank

 

Hampton Court

 

 

  • Open

Richmond

 

  • Open

 

 

Kew

 

  • Open

 

 

Putney

 

  • Open. Recently bought by Livetts Launches from the Port of London Authority. A waiting room and restaurant are planned

 

 

 

Chelsea Harbour

 

 

  • Open

 

Cadogan

 

 

  • Open

Battersea

 

  • In May 1998, £6.9m funding was announced for the restoration of Battersea Park and a feasibility study concerning the construction of a pier before 2000

 

 

Vauxhall Effra

 

  • About 300 metres upstream from the station
  • Under consideration as part of a larger development during 1998
  • In late 1998, planning permission for the Effra development was turned down. The site has a long history of dereliction and refused planning proposals. Maybe the plan for a pier is dead?

 

 

 

Tate Gallery (Millbank)

 

 

  • In December 1998, the Tate Gallery revealed their £1m design for a new pier
  • In July 1999, Westminster Council stated that further feasibility work was planned
  • In June 2001, Westminster Council approved the new pier, which will be designed by London Eye architects Marks Barfield. The lighting installation by 1997 Turner Prize nominee, artist Angela Bulloch, will consist of fluorescent tubing embedded into the floor which will be computer controlled to provide changing lighting effects throughout the night. Boat service will be to the Tate Modern further downstream, as well as to other key points along the Thames. The Millbank Pier was due to open in Spring 2002 at a cost of "‘£1m plus"

Lambeth

 

  • Open

 

 

 

Westminster

 

 

  • Open: refurbishment was expected to be complete by Spring 2000
  • In Summer 2000 the refurbishment was expected to be complete by Autumn 2000
  • In May 2001, London's Mayor officially opened the £5m pier

Waterloo (Millennium Wheel)

 

  • To be opened by January 2000

 

 

 

Embankment (formerly Charing Cross)

 

 

  • Open: was rebuilt in October 1998

Festival

 

  • Disappeared by December 1998
  • Returned by March 1999

 

 

 

Savoy

 

 

  • Open

 

Temple

 

 

  • Open

Oxo Tower

 

  • Under consideration

 

 

 

Blackfriars

 

 

  • On 1st January 2000, the pier came into service
  • On 28th July 2001, the pier was formally opened

Globe/Bankside

 

  • £1.1m pier opened in May 1998
  • Will be served by boats to the Millennium Dome in 2000

 

 

 

Swan Lane

 

 

  • Open

 

London Bridge (New Fresh Wharf)

 

 

  • Under consideration

London Bridge City

 

  • Open

 

 

HMS Belfast

 

  • Open

 

 

 

Tower

 

 

  • Open, to be refurbished (not replaced)
  • In 1998, completion date was given as Summer 1999
  • In May 1999, completion date had slipped to Autumn 1999
  • On 14th July 2000, the refurbished pier officially opened, complete with lounge for cruise ship passengers

 

St Katherine's

 

 

  • Open

Butlers Wharf

 

  • Open

 

 

Cherry Garden

 

  • David Connor - "Cherry Garden Pier seems to be merely used for boats to tie up to overnight - it doesn't look as if a passenger service could easily call there now, as access is restricted"
  • In July 1999, Southwark Council stated that they had "recently" received a proposal to extend this pier to aid access to the Millennium Dome

 

 

 

Canary Wharf

 

 

  • Open

Holiday Inn (Nelson Dock)

 

  • Open

 

 

Greenland

 

  • Julian Shute - "It has a fast ferry that is operated by Collins River Enterprises Limited [Tel: +44 (0)20 7237 9538] and works between Greenland, Canary Wharf, London Bridge and Embankment in the about the same time as Fast Ferries. Cost of a single is £2.70 and a return is £4.70"

 

 

Greenwich

 

  • Open

 

 

Millennium Exhibition (Dome)

 

  • Due for completion in July 1999, the new £2m pier is situated east of the Dome and was designed by the Richard Rogers Partnership
  • On 17th May 1999, the main structure was towed into place

 

 

Thames Barrier (Barrier Gardens)

 

  • David Connor - "Open"

 

 

Woolwich Ferry South

Woolwich Ferry North

  • Open

 

 

  • Open

Royal Arsenal

 

 

  • In April 1999, Greenwich Council stated that they will work to secure a pier as part of the redevelopment of the Royal Arsenal site

 

 

 


Boats and River Services

London to the Millennium Dome

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  • From 08:30 on 1st January 2000 until the end of 2000, City Cruises boats are running between Waterloo (Millennium Wheel) and Millennium Dome, stopping only at Blackfriars. Journey time: 45 minutes. Service interval: 30 minutes. Each boat will carry 515 passengers, cost £1.2m and be 108ft long
  • A £27 ticket will buy a ticket to ride on the river and admission to the Dome
  • City Cruises is investing £5.5m in operating river passenger services to the Dome next year, which they believe is the largest investment of its kind in Europe. They hope that they will carry 1.25 million visitors from Waterloo and Blackfriars to the Dome
  • The Dome's builder and operator estimates that 10 per cent of the expected 12 million visitors to the Dome next year will make the journey by river

Scrapped Greenwich to the Millennium Dome

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  • From 1st January 2000 until the end of 2000, White Horse Fast Ferries were to run a boat approximately every 10 minutes daily between Greenwich (Cutty Sark) and Millennium Dome. Journey time would be 10 minutes. The service would be provided by 2 vessels (3 when necessary) of the type used on the Central London Hopper Service
  • By early February 2000, extremely low usage had prompted a cut to a single boat providing a half-hourly service
  • By October 2000, White Horse Fast Ferries had pulled out of all their services. This service has made no profit except for on 3 days at the beginning in January

Scrapped Park & Sail to the Millennium Dome

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  • Large car parks were planned on the banks of the Thames at Barking Creekmouth and Woolwich Arsenal
  • Scheme scrapped in April 1998

Scrapped Central London Hopper service

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  • It served Blackfriars Pier from 4th January 2000
  • From January 2000 it was supposed to serve Waterloo (Millennium Wheel). It will also serve Tower Pier when reconstruction has completed. From early 2000 (or early 2001?), it will also serve Westminster
  • When the Millennium Exhibition is over, boats used for ferrying Dome visitors from Greenwich will be added to the Hopper fleet, allowing a 12-minute frequency in the morning peak and a 20 minute off-peak service
  • White Horse Fast Ferries ultimately hoped to run this service between Battersea and Gravesend/Tilbury
  • By October 2000, White Horse Fast Ferries had pulled out of running all of their services (this did not affected White Horse Ferries or other White Horse companies)
  • Anonymous in November 2000 - "Collins River Enterprises (CRE), which has been running daily commuter services on fast catamarans on a similar route, has taken over the old White Horse route in addition to its own. This means that you can now get a commuter boat stopping at Greenland Pier - Holiday Inn (Rotherhithe) - Canary Wharf Pier - St Katharine's Dock (Tower) - London Bridge Pier - Blackfriars Pier - Savoy Pier (Embankment). The service runs at peak morning and evening commute hours Monday through Friday. More details on their website at www.thamescat.com. CRE are planning to bring an additional boat into service in the next few weeks with a new more frequent timetable. The commissioning of the new boat has been delayed briefly (original date was 6 November) but it is still expected to start before the end of the year. During this interim period White Horse are continuing to shuttle commuters back and forth across the Thames between Holiday Inn and Canary Wharf Pier just opposite"

Other Services

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  • City Cruises will also provide an express 'legacy' service after the Millennium Experience linking upstream and downstream piers (perhaps starting in January 2001). Piers served will include Westminster, Tower and Greenwich (possibly others)
  • In December 1997, London Transport set up a new subsidiary company, London River Services Limited, to manage tendering of river services. On April 1st 1999, LRS took over management of all piers previously owned by the Port of London Authority (except for Tower Pier, which will be handed over to LRS when rebuilding is complete in Autumn 1999)
  • By June 1999, London River Services had published a timetable booklet of the main river services
  • In May 1999, London Transport stated that the possibility of including scheduled riverboat services in the Travelcard scheme or some form of discount on ordinary boat fares to Travelcard holders was under review

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