New Thames cruise terminal to face legal challenge

Date: April 05, 2016 By: Gemma Heath in River Thames News
New Thames cruise terminal to face legal challenge

Proposals for a new cruise terminal located on the River Thames will go through legal challenges at the High Court after local residents raised issues with the plans. The main problems focus on noise and air pollution, although the local authority plans to monitor air quality in the area.

Given the go-ahead by Mayor of London, Boris Johnson in July last year, the plans are for a mid-sized cruise terminal located on the river in Greenwich. Residents from the surrounding area have criticised the plans on many levels and have now mounted a High Court challenge.

Health implications

A high percentage of the criticism relates to concerns about noise and air pollution. Residents claim that the planning process has not undertaken a health feasibility study, which would take a closer look at these concerns.

Another problem that campaigners have with the site is the lack of shore power. This is in place at many other terminals across the world, including Seattle, Juneau, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Vancouver.

The new cruise terminal is planned for a site at Enderby Wharf, which is on the Greenwich peninsula, and is expected to be finished by 2017. Once complete, it will have the capacity to take a maximum of 60 cruise liners each year, with the ability to dock ships up to 24m in length and with a draught of eight metres.

This would take the number of cruise terminals on the Thames to three. The river is also a popular route for leisure and business travellers, who use the Thames boat hire companies that operate along the central stretch.