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Government to protect Thames wharves

[ October 7, 2020   //   ]

The UK Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has confirmed that it will continue to protect commercial freight wharves on the river Thames in London, following a review by the Greater London Authority and supported by the Port of London Authority (PLA).

The review included a consolidation of wharf capacity in Thameside West which results in the creation of a new safeguarded wharf, Royal Primrose Wharf, located immediately downstream of Peruvian Wharf in Newham, East London and an increase in the area’s capacity to handle waterborne freight.

PLA director of planning & environment, James Trimmer, said: “Confirmation of the continued safeguarding of these sites comes at a time when the river renaissance is stepping up another gear. The established movement of bulk materials is now complemented by the first river parcel service, being operated by DHL, and the planned consolidation of the City markets to Barking will provide a generational opportunity to make more use of the river for light freight. Innovation will continue as we transition to a zero-carbon future.”

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