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Wapping Clipper Riverboat: November Update

Wapping Clipper Riverboat: November Update

A petition for investment in Wapping Pier was started in May 2010 to add an additional stop to the Clipper Riverboat service.

Wapping resident and Riverboat Campaign Lead, Rob Osborne shares the current status following recent meetings with key parties to determine feasibility, funding and the business case for a Wapping Riverboat Clipper Service.

Wapping Riverboat

On 11th October we had a very positive meeting with Tower Hamlets Council on-site at Wapping Pier. There were representatives from other interested parties including the Port of London Authority (PLA), Transport for London (TFL) / London River Services as well as local MP Jim Fitzpatrick. We also had representation from the Ballymore Group who are developing the block of apartments in 21 Wapping Lane. Here is a summary of the meeting:

Survey and Petition

Following the successful petition which attracted over 1600 signatures we carried out a more detailed travel survey (a big thanks to all those who completed the survey). Of the 150 respondents:

96% are in favour of bringing the river boat to Wapping

Those not in favour have apartments overlooking the pier and have concerns on the grounds of noise and aesthetics. We also completed an independent travel assessment which shows that Wapping Pier would increase the travel accessibility of Wapping.

Pier Upgrade Costings

Marine engineering firm Beckett Rankine was consulted on the proposal and have come up with some initial drawings. An estimate of £680,000 has been provided to upgrade the pier to meet the required standards to bring it into public operation. To put this in to context, TFL have confirmed that they have committed to spending £1.5m on extending Tower Pier (with an additional £0.25m being provided by the Olympic Delivery authority).

Funding

All parties at the meeting were supportive which was greatly appreciated, however there still remains the issue as to who will provide the funding.

Ballymore confirmed that they have paid several hundred thousand pounds to the council in Section 106 money as part of the 21 Wapping Lane development (money which is paid to the council in return for granting planning permission) to be set aside for specific tasks to improve local amenities. We are awaiting a response from Tower Hamlets Council regarding how much S106 funding is available to put towards this cause – there may also be some unspent money from previous projects.

Whilst we are hopeful that this could provide some support it is unlikely to cover the cost of the whole project.

Other avenues are being investigated such as Olympic funding (to help relieve / divert the local traffic during the games). Private investment and sponsorship may also be required so all ideas or suggestions are welcomed!

More Information

For a full update including survey results and the meeting pack please visit the website www.wappingriverboat.co.uk.


Kind thanks to Rob Osborne, the Wapping Riverboat Campaign Lead for the informative update.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/bradclarkuk Brad Clark

    Has this ground to a halt? Such a shame!

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    Can anybody advise on what facilities have been put in place to enable deliveries to the boats departing from Wapping Pier, have any of the parties – TFL in particular thought about vans delivering equipment for corporate events, how will they be able to park legally and without parking attendants having a field day, this an extremely important consideration which is ALWAYS IGNORED by the architects, consultants, activists and local authorities.

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