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Plans Approved for Greenwich Cruise Terminal

April 27, 2012

The Daily Telegraph, April 27, 2012

Greenwich could become a "gateway to London" after plans for a large cruise liner terminal were approved.

Once completed, the dock should allow large cruise ships to anchor beyond the Thames Barrier, which they cannot currently do.

At the moment, larger cruise liners have to use Tilbury in Essex as a docking area.

Ships up to 240-metres long – almost the length of the Titanic – could stop at the new development, which could receive around 100 ships a year when it is complete.

There are also plans for a 251-room hotel as well as 770 homes to be built alongside the dock by West Properties, the developer behind the project.

John Comber of Greenwich Council told the News Shopper, a southeast London newspaper: "This brings the cruise liner industry right into the heart of the capital. It will be the gateway to London."

"In years gone by this river would have been teeming with vehicles. What we'd like to see is that brought back."

Preliminary work is due to start in November this year – and cruise ships could begin to dock there in two years’ time, although construction is not due to end for another five years.

Up to 40,000 passengers could disembark each year at the new development when it becomes fully operational.

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