An outing up to town and back

On the spur of the moment on a bright, spring-like Sunday, we decided a trip on the fast ferry up to town and back would be a joy.  A gathering at the pier was quickly shepherded down to the landing pontoon and aboard, and we were on our way before the incoming tripper boats arrived from Central London.

Many other families, some with push chairs, boarded at various piers as we criss-crossed the tideway avoiding the occasional scullers and rowers who also use the river at weekends.

Passengers disembarked at the Central London piers bound for numerous attractions on both sides of the river.  On our return trip we picked up passengers from Tower Pier bound for Greenwich.  We were amused and amazed at the different age groups and nationalities, all handled with skill by the mooring crew and on-board stewards.

On the next day, Monday’s London-bound commuters were serviced just before PLA Titan’s floating crane came alongside the Greenwich Pier to change the pair of pontoons, due to be worked on at nearby Devrills (Victoria Deep Water Wharf) floating docks.  I was on the lookout for the many civil and maritime engineers hard at work on numerous sites.  I have never seen so many before – no wonder as a whole new raft of major projects have come on stream!  An extract from the Times includes a map and details of various projects.  A visit to the Tideway site at Bermondsey clarified my interests in SE London – I include items which might be of interest.


The Bermondsey site at Chambers Wharf for ‘Tideway’ (Once a giant cold store)

A new extension site into the Thames is clearly shown below Tower Bridge





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