Westminster Millennium Pier

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LRS Westminster Millennium Pier
Westminster pier 1.jpg
TypeRiver tourist/leisure services
LocaleRiver Thames, London, UK
OwnerLondon River Services
OperatorLondon River Services
Characteristics
History
Coordinates51°30′07″N 0°07′24″W / 51.501901°N 0.123223°W / 51.501901; -0.123223Coordinates: 51°30′07″N 0°07′24″W / 51.501901°N 0.123223°W / 51.501901; -0.123223
Westminster Millennium Pier is located in Central London
Westminster Millennium Pier
LRS Westminster Millennium Pier

Westminster Millennium Pier is a pier on the River Thames, in the City of Westminster in London, UK. It is operated by London River Services and served by various river transport and cruise operators. It is located next to Westminster Bridge on the north bank of the Thames, and is close to one of London's most prominent landmarks, Big Ben.

Former Westminster Floating Pier[edit]

The former Westminster Floating Pier existed on the site through the 1950's, running along the Thames between Kew and the London docks. The floating pier acted as a landing point for many Royal water journeys, including the conclusion of Queen Elizabeth II's Commonwealth tour in May 1954.[1]

On the 7th February 1955, night watchmen reported a leak had been found in the pier, causing the middle sections to sink. Workman from the Port Of London Authority spent three hours trying to drain the central pontoon of water, with the pier being half submerged by 10am before fully sinking "as Big Ben stuck twelve".[2] No one was hurt during the sinking, with the staff having time to evacuate and retrieve important documents. The sinking of the pier was widely reported on by newspapers and media of the time, with it being parodied in an episode of The Goon Show a week after the incident.[3]

Construction[edit]

A view from Westminster Pier on the River Thames

The development of Westminster Millennium Pier was funded by the Millennium Commission as part of the Thames 2000 project, and it was one of five new piers opened in 2000 by the Commission on the Thames (the others being Blackfriars Millennium Pier, London Eye Pier, Tower Millennium Pier and Millbank Millennium Pier). Its creation was funded by the project as part of an integrated transport and regeneration strategy for the Thames led by London's Cross River Partnership.[4]

Services[edit]

The pier is served by various services including:

Connections[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

Entrance to the Westminster Pier

North bank

South Bank

Lines[edit]

Preceding station London River Services London River Services London River Services Following station
London Eye Pier RB1 Embankment Pier
Millbank Pier RB2 Embankment Pier
Millbank Pier
towards Putney Pier
RB6 Embankment Pier
Terminus Westminster to Greenwich Express Service London Eye Pier
LRS Map of Thames piers in London Maki2-london-underground-18.svg = TfL piers Maki2-ferry-18.svg = Other operators' piers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "May 1954 - Commonwealth Tour Homecoming". Shutterstock.
  2. ^ "Big Ben Struck Twelve as the Pier Sank". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. 8 February 1955.
  3. ^ "The valuable hand-carved oil-painted valuable floating pier". The Seagoon Memoirs.
  4. ^ "Ken Livingstone Opens New Millennium Commission Funded Pier". The Millennium Commission press release. 13 July 2000. Archived from the original on 9 December 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2008.