River Thames piers improved ahead of London 2012 Olympics

15:29 20 March 2012

Two key Thames piers have been improved in time for the London 2012 Olympics.

Tower Pier has been extended by 30 metres, increasing capacity by 25 per cent.

There will be better lighting due to a low-energy system, generated by solar panels on the roof.

Greenwich pier has also been impoved, with a new roof and lighting system.

Deputy mayor for transport Isabel Dedring said: “London is gearing up for a summer like no other and transport improvements such as these are a key part of our planning for a successful Games.

“Travelling to sporting venues by river will be one of the most enjoyable ways to experience our great city.”

Over the past four years passenger numbers on the river have increased by a million and work is under way to increase pier capacity by a further 20 per cent.

Latest London transportation news

Monday, July 27, 2015
Commuters face heavy traffic (Picture: PA Images)

Drivers are stuck in three-hour queues in some places due to a collision that has caused chaos on the M25, A2 Dursley Road and the northbound approach of the Blackwall Tunnel.

Monday, July 27, 2015
Euston station

Rush hour delays of up to 20 minutes are expected past 8am due to over-running engineering works between Watford Junction and Harrow & Wealdstone,

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Nick Brett was charged £310 for a £2 Santander Cycle journey (Picture: PA Images)

An east Londoner today discovered he was charged over £300 by TfL for a 15 minute Boris bike ride, London24 reports.

Thursday, July 23, 2015
A signalling problem is causing delays at Waterloo (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

South West Trains services to and from Waterloo are experiencing delays of up to 15 minutes - or not calling at the terminus at all.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Huge queues outside London Bridge station this evening (Picture: Jules Cooper)

Commuters faced massive queues and long train delays after a person walked onto the tracks at Greenwich and lines in and out of London Bridge station were closed.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Flowers and tributes left at Bank junction in response to the death of cyclist Ying Tao, the eighth to be killed on London's roads this years  (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

With cycle safety now a key issue in the capital - here at London24 we are keeping a list of every cyclist’s death across the city in 2015.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more
Terrific tea, creamy cakes and splendid sandwiches at Mews of Mayfair.

Celebrate a truly quintessentially British tradition with the chance of winning a luxurious Afternoon Tea for two people at Mews of Mayfair, complete with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Read more
Get up close and personal to this global phenomenon!

Following a sell-out 2014 run, the global phenomenon that is Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is back in London, running at the Dominion Theatre in the heart of the West End until 5th September 2015.

Read more