|New Report suggests a waterborne tubeline|
A recently published report which includes a contribution from Putney MP Justine Greening has outlined proposals for Putney's riverboat service to be extended and improved over the next 3 years. The report outlines plans which would see the Thames reinvented as a highway through Central London and could see the creation of a ‘waterborne tubeline' running from Putney to Woolwich, stopping at twenty piers along the way.
This transport link could carry 12 million people and be provided at a fraction of the cost of other projects, it is also estimated that it would take about a quarter of the time to put in place and less than a hundredth of the money that a similar project would need on land. Plus once the service was operational it would never be stopped by traffic or points failures.
Local MP Justine Greening said:
"I really hope that this work can provide a real impetus for a plan to start using the River Thames with better river boat services from Putney. It has been launched by the Mayor so having his support could make all the difference to seeing improved river boat services for our local community."
"The Thames is London's historic highway yet it is invisible on the transport canvas of London. Transport for London has even taken it off the standard Tube map, although we are delighted that it will return in the next edition of the map. The river promises an exciting new transport network for Londoners, at a fraction of the normal cost for infrastructure projects, but needs sustained political leadership to make it happen."
The report can be viewed here: