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Woolwich Ferry to close for three months

PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 August 2018

The Woolwich Ferry is set to close from October 6 until late December for pier improvement works. Picture: Ken Mears

The Woolwich Ferry is set to close from October 6 until late December for pier improvement works. Picture: Ken Mears

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The Woolwich Ferry is set to close for three months to allow the piers to be improved.

The service, which links North Woolwich to Woolwich, will not operate between Saturday, October 6 and late December while work is carried out.

Two new boats are set to replace the current fleet and will use a new high-tech mooring system. It is this which is being installed at each of the piers.

Once introduced, the new boats - named Dame Vera Lynn after the singer and Ben Woollacott after a former deckhand who died working on the ferry - will allow 150 foot passengers and 40 vehicles to travel across the Thames.

There will also be a separate space for cyclists, step-free access and enhanced safety features.

The nearby Woolwich Foot Tunnel will stay open throughout the works.

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