- Tower Millennium Pier
Tower Millennium Pier is a
pieron the River Thames, in London, UK. It is operated by London River Servicesand served by various river transport and cruise operators. The pier is close to Tower Bridgeand is situated immediately adjacent to the Tower of London, next to the Traitors' Gate.
The pier is used by river bus services from Embankment to Woolwich (operated by
Thames Clipper) and Westminster-Greenwich tourist boats (operated by City Cruises). [ cite web
url = http://www.tfl.gov.uk/gettingaround/1131.aspx
title = London River Services timetables
author=Transport for London
accessdate =2008-03-30] Private-charter entertainment boats also use Tower Pier. [For example cite web
url = http://www.londonpartyboats.co.uk/rivermap/tower.htm
title = London Party Boats ltd.
Tower Millennium Pier was opened on 14 July by London Mayor
Ken Livingstone. Its creation was funded by the Millennium Commissionas part of the Thames 2000 project, and was one of five new piers provided by the Commission on the Thames (the others being Blackfriars Millennium Pier, Waterloo Millennium Pier, Westminster Millennium Pierand Millbank Millennium Pier). The project was part of an integrated transport and regeneration strategy for the Thames led by London's Cross River Partnership. [cite web
url = http://www.millennium.gov.uk/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=1213
title = Ken Livingstone Opens New Millennium Commission Funded Pier
date = 2000-07-13
work = The Millennium Commission press release]
Local transport connections are all about five minutes' walk from Tower Millennium Pier:
London Undergroundservices run from Tower Hill tube station(District and Circle lines).
St. Katharine Pieris located just on the other side of Tower Bridge, offering tourist river cruise services including the "hop-on, hop-off" circular service operated by Crown River Cruises.
Tower Gateway DLR stationprovides Docklands Light Railwayservices to Canary Wharf DLR station, Stratford and Lewisham.
Fenchurch Street railway stationoffers National Railservices to Essex.
Lifeboat pier move
In 2002 the RNLI's Thames lifeboat service was introduced to the River Thames following the
Marchioness disaster, and Tower Pier was initially used as a base for the lifeboat service. In 2006 the RNLI station moved up-river to a new base, the former Waterloo Police Pier on Victoria Embankmentnext to Waterloo Bridge, which took the name Tower Lifeboat Station. [cite web
url = http://www.natoli.co.uk/rnli/station.htm
title = Tower Lifeboat Station website
date = 2006-05-08 ]
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