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ⓘ Tideway

The Tideway is the part of the River Thames in England that is subject to tides. This stretch of water is downstream from Teddington Lock and in its widest definition is just under 26 kilometres long. The Tideway includes the Thames Estuary, the Thames Gateway and the Pool of London.

                                     

1. Tidal activity

Depending on the time of year, the river tide rises and falls twice a day by up to 7 m 24 ft and, due to the need to overcome the outflow of fresh water from the Thames Basin, it takes longer to subside 6–9 hours than it does to flow in 4–5 hours.

London Bridge is used as the basis for published tide tables giving the times of high tide. High tide reaches Putney about 30 minutes later.

Low-lying banks of London have been defended against natural vulnerability to flooding by storm surges. The threat has increased due to a slow but continuous rise in high water level, caused by the extremely slow tilting of Britain up in the north and down in the south due to post-glacial rebound and the gradual rise in sea levels due to climate change. The Thames Barrier was constructed across the Thames at Woolwich to deal with this threat.

                                     

2. Responsibilities

The Tideway is managed by the Port of London Authority PLA and is often referred to as the Port of London. The upstream limit of its authority is marked by an obelisk just short of Teddington Lock. The PLA is responsible for one lock on the Thames: Richmond Lock.

In London, the Thames is policed by the Thames Division, the river police arm of London’s Metropolitan Police. Essex Police and Kent Police have responsibilities for the rest of the Tideway. 21st century criminal investigations have included the Roberto Calvi and Torso in the Thames cases. The London Fire Brigade has a fire boat on the river.

As a result of the Marchioness disaster in 1989 when 51 people died, the Government asked the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Port of London Authority and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution RNLI to work together to set up a dedicated Search and Rescue service for the tidal River Thames. As a result, there are four lifeboat stations on the Thames, at: Teddington, Chiswick Pier, Tower Pier and Gravesend.

                                     

3. Navigation

The river is navigable to large ocean-going ships as far as the Pool of London at London Bridge and is the United Kingdoms second largest port by tonnage. Today, little commercial traffic passes above the Thames Barrier, and central London sees only the occasional visiting cruise ship or warship moored alongside HMS Belfast, and a few smaller aggregate or refuse vessels, operating from wharves in the west of London. Most trade is handled by the Port of Tilbury, ro-ro ferry terminals at Dagenham and Dartford, and petroleum products handling facilities at Purfleet, Coryton and Canvey Island.

There is a speed limit of 8 knots 15 km/h west of Wandsworth Bridge and in tributary creeks, and except for authorised vehicles, 12 knots 22 km/h between Wandsworth Bridge and Margaretness.

The tidal river is used for leisure navigation. In London sections there are many sightseeing tours in tourist boats past riverside attractions such as the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London, as well as regular riverboat services provided by London River Services. This section is not suitable for sporting activity because of the strong stream through the bridges.

Rowing has a significant presence upstream of Putney Bridge, while sailing takes place in the same area and also along the coasts of the Estuary. The annual Great River Race for traditional rowed craft takes place over the stretch from Greenwich to Ham. Thames meander challenges along the length of the Thames from Lechlade often pass through the London sections and finish well downstream, for example at Gravesend Pier.

The Grand Union Canal joins the river at Brentford, with a branch – the Regents Canal – joining at Limehouse Basin. The other part of the canal network still connecting on the Tideway is the River Lea Navigation.



                                     

4. Environment

Narrow low-lying belts beside the tidal section of the Thames regularly flood at spring tides, supporting brackish plants. One such example is at Chiswick Lane South, where the river, as pictured, overflows this road a few times per year. Picture taken in 2006.

Although water quality has improved over the last 40 years and efforts to clean up the Tideway have led to the reintroduction of marine life and birds, the environment of the Tideway is still poor. Heavier rainfall in London causes overflows from pipes on the river banks from the standard type of sewer in the capital, the combined sewer. Around 39.000.000 m 3 3.9 × 10 l or 39 million tonnes of untreated sewage mixed with rainwater are released into the Tideway each year from sewage treatment works and combined sewer overflows CSOs, averaging 106.849 m 3 106.849.000 l per day or 106.849 tonnes per day. These CSOs can cause the deaths of marine life and health hazards for river users.

The Thames Tideway Scheme, under construction, aims to divert most of the overflow from sewers into a tunnel under the river.

                                     

5. Thames Estuary

The Thames Estuary is bordered by the coast and the low-lying lands upstream between the mouth of the River Stour on the Essex/Suffolk border and The Swale in north Kent. It is now usually designated the Greater Thames Estuary and is one of the largest inlets on the coast of Great Britain. The water can rise by 4 metres moving at a speed of 8 miles per hour.

The estuary extends into London near Tower Bridge, and can be divided into the Outer Estuary up to the Swale at the west end of the Isle of Sheppey, and the Inner Estuary, designated the Thames Gateway above this point. The shore of the Outer Estuary consists of saltmarshes and mudflats, but there are man-made embankments along much of the route. Behind these, the land is cultivated or used for grazing. Parts of the Outer Estuary are on a major shipping route.

                                     

6. Thames Gateway

The Gateway is some 70 kilometres 43 mi long, stretching from the Isle of Sheppey to Westferry in Tower Hamlets. Its boundary was drawn to capture the riverside strip that formerly hosted many land extensive industries, serving London and the South East. The decline of these industries has left a legacy of large scale dereliction and contaminated land, but an opportunity for major redevelopment. The area includes the London Docklands, Millennium Dome, London Riverside and Thames Barrier.

                                     

6.1. Thames Gateway Major crossings

  • Blackwall Tunnels Alexander Binnie, 1897; second bore 1967
  • Rotherhithe Tunnel Maurice Fitzmaurice, 1908
  • Dartford Crossing including two Dartford Tunnels 1963 and 1980 and the cable-stayed Queen Elizabeth II Bridge 1991
  • Jubilee line and Docklands Light Railway tunnels
  • Greenwich foot tunnel Alexander Binnie, 1902
                                     

6.2. Thames Gateway Tributaries

  • Ravensbourne tidal reach known as Deptford Creek
  • River Rom lower reaches known as the Beam and River Dart
  • River Roding tidal reach known as Barking Creek
  • Pitsea Creek, Mar Dyke and River Ingrebourne
  • River Lea or Lee tidal reach known as Bow Creek
                                     

6.3. Thames Gateway Islands and peninsulas

  • Canvey Island
  • Two Tree Island
  • Lower Horse Island
  • Isle of Dogs - actually a peninsula
  • Frog Island, Rainham
  • Isle of Grain - actually a peninsula
                                     

7. Pool of London

The Pool of London is divided into two parts, the Lower Pool and Upper Pool. The Lower Pool traditionally runs from the Cherry Garden Pier in Rotherhithe to Tower Bridge. The Upper Pool consists of the section between Tower Bridge and London Bridge. In the 18th and 19th centuries the river was lined with nearly continuous walls of wharves running for miles along both banks, and hundreds of ships moored in the river or alongside the quays. The lack of capacity in the Pool of London prompted landowners to build Londons Docklands with enclosed docks with better security and facilities. The abrupt collapse of commercial traffic in the Thames due to the introduction of shipping containers and coastal deep-water ports in the 1960s emptied the Pool and led to all of the wharves being closed down. The Lower Pool area was extensively redeveloped in the 1980s and 1990s to create new residential and commercial neighbourhoods, often using converted warehouses. In the Upper Pool this provided scope for office development in the City of London and Southwark.



                                     

7.1. Pool of London Major crossings

  • Thames Tunnel Wapping to Rotherhithe Tunnel
  • Tower Bridge 1894
  • Rotherhithe Tunnel Maurice Fitzmaurice, 1908
                                     

8. Inner London

Between London Bridge and Putney Bridge, the river passes through Central London and some of the most famous landmarks.

River boats carry tourists up down and across the river, and also provide a regular commuter service.

                                     

8.1. Inner London Major crossings

  • Blackfriars Railway Bridge 1886
  • Wandsworth Bridge 1938
  • Hungerford Footbridges Golden Jubilee Bridges 2002
  • Charing Cross Hungerford Bridge 1864
  • Northern line, Waterloo & City line, Bakerloo line, Jubilee line, Victoria line, tunnels
  • Albert Bridge 1873
  • Vauxhall Bridge 1906
  • Fulham Railway Bridge 1889
  • Battersea Bridge Sir Joseph Bazalgette, 1890 Henry Holland, 1771
  • Chelsea Bridge 1937
  • Battersea Railway Bridge 1863
  • Lambeth Bridge 1932
  • Cannon Street Railway Bridge 1982
  • Millennium Bridge 2002
  • Southwark Bridge 1921
  • Grosvenor Bridge Victoria Railway Bridge 1859
  • Blackfriars Bridge 1869
  • Westminster Bridge 1862
  • Waterloo Bridge 1945 the "womens bridge"
  • London Bridge 1973
                                     

8.2. Inner London Tributaries

culverted tributaries largely converted to sewers are marked ‡

  • Wandle
  • Neckinger‡ save for mouth
  • River Fleet‡
  • Effra‡
  • Westbourne‡
  • Counters Creek also known as Chelsea Creek‡ save for mouth
  • Tyburn‡
  • Walbrook‡
                                     

9. Outer London

From Putney Bridge to Teddington Lock, the river passes through inner and outer suburbs such as Hammersmith, Chiswick, Barnes, Richmond on Thames and Ham. This part of the Tideway is home to most of Londons rowing clubs, and is the venue for training and racing throughout the year. The Championship Course over which The Boat Race and many other events are run, stretches from Putney to Mortlake.

                                     

9.1. Outer London Major crossings

  • Richmond Lock and Footbridge 1894
  • Putney Bridge Sir Joseph Bazalgette, 1886 Phillips & Ackworth, 1729
  • Kew Bridge John Wolfe-Barry, 1903
  • Richmond Railway Bridge 1848
  • Barnes Railway Bridge 1849
  • Chiswick Bridge 1933
  • Kew Railway Bridge 1869
  • Hammersmith Bridge Sir Joseph Bazalgette, 1887
  • Twickenham Bridge 1933
  • Richmond Bridge 1777
                                     

9.2. Outer London Tributaries

  • Beverley Brook
  • Stamford Brook‡
  • Sudbrook
  • Crane
  • Duke of Northumberlands River manmade
  • Brent
                                     

9.3. Outer London Islands

  • Chiswick Eyot, Chiswick
  • Brentford Ait, Brentford
  • Olivers Island, Strand-on-the-Green
  • Corporation Island, Richmond
  • Swan Island, Twickenham
  • Isleworth Ait, Isleworth
  • Lots Ait, Brentford
  • Glovers Island, Twickenham
  • Eel Pie Island, Twickenham
                                     
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  • Tideway Scullers School is a rowing club on the Tideway of the River Thames next to Chiswick Bridge in Chiswick, London. The club has since 2000 outperformed
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  • Seahaven Academy formerly Tideway Comprehensive School is a secondary school for children aged 11 16, located in Southdown Road, Newhaven, East Sussex
  • Squad 1974 Tideway Scullers 1973 Leander Club 1972 Tideway Scullers II 1971 Tideway Scullers 1970 Tideway Scullers 1969 Tideway Scullers II
  • victory in the Walton Regatta. Furthermore, the club s ranking in the Tideway Head fell below 60th place a dismal showing for one of the great British
  • Women s Boat Race took place on the 6.8 km Championship Course on the Tideway and was televised on the BBC alongside the Men s Boat Race. The original
  • Bolon Island Tideways State Scenic Corridor is a state park in the U.S. state of Oregon, administered by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The
  • of the main rowing areas in England, with activity taking place on the Tideway and on the 45 separate lock reaches on the non - tidal section. The river
  • Rowing Club Coleraine. Years later he then left for London and joined Tideway Scullers School. In 2003, Campbell left his degree and won the Diamond
  • conveyance of sewage mixed with rainwater. The tunnel is part of the Thames Tideway Scheme and runs from Abbey Mills Pumping Station down to Beckton Sewage


                                     
  • The Argonaut Club was an English rowing club based on the Tideway of the River Thames that competed in the middle of the 19th century. The Argonaut Club
  • when practising and competing in their annual Boat Race against Oxford University Boat Club on the Tideway The KCSBC Supporters Association Website
  • The St George s Club was an English rowing club based on the Tideway of the River Thames that competed in the middle of the 19th century. The St George s
  • London s sewerage system has been debated for some years. The new Thames Tideway scheme includes a wide diameter storage - and - transfer tunnel internal
  • Borough of Richmond upon Thames, London, England. It is situated on the Tideway about 3 4 mile 1.2 km downstream of Teddington Lock. The island has a
  • The Thames Club was an English rowing club based on the Tideway of the River Thames that competed in the middle of the 19th century. The Thames Club was
  • Cambridge s Goldie boat has been held since 1965. It usually takes place on the Tideway prior to the main Boat Race. During preparation for the race, both crews
  • Corporation Island is an island in the River Thames in England. It is on the Tideway closest to homes in East Twickenham between Richmond Bridge and Richmond
  • Putney Town Rowing Club PTRC is a rowing club on the Tideway the tidal reach of the River Thames in England. Its official British Rowing registered
  • awarded Bazalgette Tunnel Ltd the contract to build the 4.2 billion London Tideway Tunnel Infrastructure proposals by Thames Water include the proposed reservoir
  • out for that early lead The Times. p. 34. Hill, Desmond 26 March 1979 ARA survive clash to win Tideway head The Times. p. 31. Official website
                                     
  • February 2018. Neville Simms appointed Chairman of the Thames Tideway Tunnel Tideway Retrieved 21 February 2018. Tarmac investors threaten revolt
  • Corporation and London transport. In order to allow for works on the Thames Tideway Tunnel, the pier was moved to a new location 250 m 820 ft downstream
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  • It covers 83, 151 acres 33, 650 ha of which 14, 472 acres 5, 857 ha are tideway of the Shannon. The land is rugged, containing much bog and moor. The barony
  • Cambridge s Goldie boat has been held since 1965. It usually takes place on the Tideway prior to the main Boat Race. It was the first year since 1927 that the
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  • TLC operates a 32 - bed long - term assisted living facility under the name Tideway The Robert L. Moody Prize, awarded by the Transitional Learning Center

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