Construction of new Woolwich Ferries begins

PUBLISHED: 07:00 25 May 2017

The first steel cutting for the new Woolwich Ferries

The first steel cutting for the new Woolwich Ferries

Jenny Adams

The first steel cutting ceremony for the new Woolwich Ferries has taken place at the Rementowa shipyard in Gdansk, Poland.

Briggs Marine Contractors, on behalf of Transport for London, will supervise the building work, which is set to be complete by 2018.

The new ferries will replace three existing vessels, which have been in service for more than 50 years.

The new boats will be more reliable and resilient than previous boats and will carry the two million passengers who use the ferry each year.

The new ferries are focused on low emissions and will be two of the least polluting vessels operating anywhere in the world.

“These will be a marked improvement from the current Woolwich Ferry service, and will lead the way to lower emissions in the capital which is one of the main policies set out by the Mayor of London,” Mark Wilbourne, project manager at Briggs Marine, said.

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