October 12th 2020

'Reimagining Butler's Wharf' is the title competition organised as part of the London Festival of Architecture. The six short-listed entrants may be viewed on the LFA website in a virtual exhibition.

October 7th 2020

The Port of London Authority today published a new edition of its newsletter Tidal Thames News.

October 7th 2020

The UK Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has confirmed the continued protection of strategic sites for port use on the banks of the Thames in London. Read the full announcement.

October 8th 2020

An update on progress of the Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce is now published.

September 28th 2020

Today DHL Express commenced its daily riverboat parcel delivery service in London. The service, operated by Thames Clippers Logistics, enables DHL to transport small packages into central London for final mile delivery by bike.  More information is in the DHL Press Release

September 24th 2020

The Port of London Authority has published its six monthly Marine Safety Performance Report.

September 23rd 2020

The Environment Agency has announced a £5.2m investment plan for facilities on the River Thames this autumn and winter.

September 18th 2020

Today, the Mayor of London confirmed that the traditional New Year's Eve fireworks on River Thames would not take place in 2020 due to the pandemic. Here is a BBC report.

September 18th 2020

Daily Mail article reveals state of repair of a number of London bridges.

September 16th 2020

Today, the PLA launched a new website Cleaning The Thames to encourage more litter removal across the foreshore.

September 14th 2020

With the full annual Veterans Cruise cancelled for 2020,  the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships organised for a small flotilla to travel down river on Sunday 13th from Chertsey to Kingston. The ADLS Facebook page has pictures.

September 13th 2020

Tidefest was held on September 6th under social distance conditions with only a few live events. Here are some pictures by photographer Anna Kunst. ''tidefest' is the password to the gallery.

September 12th 2020

The PLA has successfully organised 'safe passage' in both directions for boats caught out of position after the sudden closure of Hammersmith Bridge. Craft have been able to pass under the bridge in a convoy system. The river continues to be closed at Hammersmith Bridge.

September 9th 2020

A government Task Force has been launched to re-open Hammersmith Bridge as soon as possible.  Details are in this Daily Mail article.  Statements were made today by both the PLA and Hammersmith & Fulham Council.  Plans are being prepared for a 'safe passage' convoy to allow boats to be re-patriated to their normal location. No details yet.

September 9th 2020

The River & Rowing Museum at Henley-on-Thames is now fully open. It is operating a pre-booking system to manage visitor numbers.


February 24th 2021

Residents in Buscot, Oxfordshire are objecting to riverside tree cutting requested by the Environment Agency and actioned by the National Trust. Details (and our picture) are in this article from the Wallingford Herald.

February 24th 2021

A report by BBC London News indicates that a temporary ferry service,  to operate whilst Hammersmith Bridge is closed for repairs, will not be available until Summer 2021.

February 21st 2021

A narrowboat on the River Thames in Oxford is a yoga studio with online students around the World. This Oxford Mail article gives all the details. 

February 20th 2021

A seal that had swum up the Thames as far as Teddington has been successfully rescued. Details and pictures are in this Teddington Town report.

February 20th 2021

An Environment Agency employee working at Shepperton Lock has died after being hit by a falling tree. The incident happened on Friday February 19th. More information is in this Surrey Live report

February 19th 2021

A petition with over 25,000 signatures has had a successful outcome. A pedestrian crossing is to be installed at the northern end of Battersea Bridge.. Full details are in this report.

February 19th 2021

The Wallingford Herald reports that an accessible boat club could move to a new home following plans to use the Oxford University Boat Club falling through.

February 18th 2021

And the winner of the Thames Lens 2020 competition organised by the Thames Festival Trust is....... This page contains winners and short-list entries.  

February 17th 2021

A new edition of Tidal Thames News was published today by PLA.

February 17th 2021

Organisers of the Henley Royal Regatta have announced that the event cannot be held in late June. In a statement published this week, they are hoping to reschedule to a date in August. A further announcement will be made by the end of March.

February 15th 2021

Hammersmith Bridge on a Valentine's Card sent from the Hammersmith Bridge SOS Residents' Group to the Prime Minister and Mayor of London. Full details in this story from Sky News. The bridge has now been closed for 6 months.

February 12th 2021

The latest statement on progress of the Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce is now available
A planning application for a temporary ferry terminal at Harrods Wharf has been submitted to Richmond Council.

February 8th 2021

Hobbs of Henley has sold one of its two boatyards to a private collector. Details are in this Henley Standard article. 

February 6th 2021

Local news reports have detailed the effect of recent floods along the River Thames.  In Datchet, Kris Cruiser's office was floodedPangbourne features in drone pictures. Here is a report about the closure of Culham Bridge. 

February 1st 2021

Companies from the UK, Denmark, Holland and Sweden are on the long list under consideration in the Thamesmead Waterfront Master Planning Competition.  The 250 acre site includes a mile of undeveloped waterfront on the River Thames.

January 30th 2021

An application to develop a theme park, The London Resort, on the Swanscombe Peninsula on the River Thames in North Kent has been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate and will now be subject to a full examination. 

November 26th 2020

The Boat Race in 2021 will be raced at Ely, Cambridgeshire. This decision has been made because of the on-going closure of Hammersmith Bridge to road, foot and river users. Further information is available on the Boat Race website.



April 20th 2021

An article in a Swiss publication indicates that rivers give off more CO2 at night than during the day.

April 15th 2021

The Port of London Authority has published a new edition of Tidal Thames News.

April 15th 2021

5 more bridges have been added to London's Illuminated River. The work now runs from Lambeth Bridge down river to London Bridge and features 9 bridges, 

April 13th 2021

Pollution of The River Thames in Oxfordshire and West London featured in the edition of BBC Panorama shown on April 12th. Watch it here.

April 13th 2021

Proposals to replace a damaged weir on the Thames near Oxford are under discussion. Details are in this BBC Oxford report.

April 10th 2021

Royal salute over the River Thames today. Photograph and video in this Daily Mail coverage.

April 10th 2021

Henley Royal Regatta 2021 will be held from Wednesday August 11th to Sunday August 15th. Read the announcement on the HRR website.

April 10th 2021

Campaign group Hammersmith SOS reminded the Government and the World that it was an 'Unhappy 2nd Anniversary' of the closure of Hammersmith Bridge.

April 9th 2021

HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (1921-2021).
Amongst many tributes, RTS shares these words from Trinity House.

April 9th 2021

Residents of Walton-on-Thames are angry about illegal tree felling that has taken place at Cowey Sale and other places along the River Thames including the Desborough Cut and by the Excel Sports Centre. Details are in this Elmbridge Borough Council statement. Also further local coverage from Surrey Live.

April 7th 2021

An article in New Civil Engineer magazine proposes a temporary double-deck solution for Hammersmith Bridge. 

April 7th 2021

Highways England has announced names of three companies shortlisted to construct the proposed Lower Thames Crossing. Details in this press announcement. 

April 7th 2021

As lockdown restrictions are eased, T.V. presenter and environmental campaigner Steve Backshall has urged boaters to obey speed limits. Details in this article from Bucks Free Press.

April 4th 2021

Cambridge won the 2021 Oxford vs Cambridge Boat Race held on  Sunday April 4th on the Great Ouse near Ely. The Women's Race was also won by Cambridge. Report in The Times.

April 4th 2021

After 40 years service, 'Big Dave' lockkeeper at Bell Weir Lock on the River Thames has retired.

March 30th 2021

Uber Boat by Thames Clippers has been selected by Transport for London to operate the temporary ferry service while Hammersmith Bridge is closed. Read the full announcement.

March 29th 2021

A summary of a meeting of the Hammersmith Bridge Taskforce held on March 25th is now available.

March 24th 2021

Hobbs of Henley have added moorings for larger boats to their River Thames facilities. This Henley Standard article has the details.

March 23rd 2021

The River Thames featured in the Lockdown Photo Diary published in The Guardian on Tuesday March 22nd. Enjoy these images.

March 23rd 2021

A dedicated area for wild swimming could be established in the River Thames at Henley. Details are in this Henley Standard article.

March 20th 2021

A proposal by Hammersmith & Fulham Council to install a temporary footbridge does not mention re-opening the Thames to river users. Read the proposal here.

March 19th 2021

Rod Stewart starred in a video shot on the River Thames and shown to the crowd at the 36th America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand.

March 18th 2021

Open water swimmers in Oxfordshire have complained to Thames Water about sewage discharge into the River Thames. This Wallingford Herald article has details.

March 18th 2021

The Environment Agency has appointed an all-female team of lock keepers at Teddington. They were featured in this Daily Mirror article.

March 12th 2021

Thames Water has announced that a year-long project to drain, re-line feeder tunnels and re-fill the Queen Elizabeth II reservoir at Walton-on-Thames will start in April 2021. Details are in this announcement from Thames Water.

March 11th 2021

The Environment Agency has published its River Thames Customer Charter for April 1 2021 to March 31 2022.


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