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The Thames Vision

Launched in 2016, the Thames Vision is the development strategy for the tidal Thames running from Teddington Lock, through the heart of London out to the commercial port and estuary. It captures six goals covering port trade to sport and culture.

Through 2021 we will be working with stakeholders to develop an updated Vision reflecting factors including the recovery from the pandemic, new trading patterns and a safe, sustainable transition to a zero carbon economy.
May 2021
Since the launch of Thames Vision 2035 we have seen marked progress in many areas of river use at a time of change for the UK and the world, with Brexit, an accelerating pace in the response to climate change and the shock of the COVID pandemic.

This publication is the first part of that endeavour: a review tracking progress over the last five years. It provides the starting point for consultation on a new Thames Vision 2050.

Thames Vision 2050

Reflecting a changing river
The tidal Thames in 2050 will be a very different place as we collectively work towards a safe and sustainable future shaped by new technologies, changing cities, emissions reduction and climate resilience. Through 2021 we will be working to create an updated Vision reflecting this through engagement with customers, strategic partners, river users and other stakeholders.
Spring 2020
The Port of London contributes £4.5 billion a year and supports 48,000 jobs in the UK.
Window onto the river
The Thames offers people the space to walk, to play, to trade, to travel, to race and much more.
At the heart of the Vision
We've developed six goals with priority actions to turn the Vision into reality.

Thames Vision 2035

Landmark strategy launched in 2016
We developed a new Vision for the Thames with customers, strategic partners, river users and stakeholders to support the Net Zero transition and respond to challenges as well as harness opportunities arising from global, social and economic changes. The following archive includes the extensive research and documentation we used as a foundation for the Vision.
Framework for the future
Read a copy of The Vision for the Tidal Thames document here.
Working with stakeholders
How we engaged with the Thames community to create the our Vision for the Thames.
Informing our framework
To plan the future of 95 miles of tidal river we gathered and drew on a host of new data.
Thames Vision – Goals
Take a flight along the Thames to see what happens on the river and find out about the six Vision goals.
Promoting sports participation
The potential for increased participation is huge, both in existing and new centres of activity.