Caroline Pidgeon welcomes reprieve for the Woolwich Ferries

March 4, 2016 4:52 PM

Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly transport spokesperson, commenting on this week's decision by TfL to not scrap the Woolwich Ferry, but instead to purchase two new vessels to replace the three existing life-expired craft said:

"I very much welcome this back down by TfL.

"In the rush to push ahead with the tolled Silvertown Tunnel and other road crossings TfL were willing to sacrifice the free Woolwich Ferry, which is not only popular locally but incredibly helpful for pedestrians and cyclists.

"I hope that in addition to retaining the Woolwich Ferry service consideration is now given to extending its operating hours, especially on a Sunday."


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Notes to editors:

1.Details of TfL's proposal to replace eth current Woolwich Ferries:

http://content.tfl.gov.uk/fpc-160302-07-project-monitoring.pdf (see appendix 2)

2 TfL believe that only two new craft are necessary as they are more reliable than

the existing three craft.