Thames Estuary light freight study

Our feasibility report for the Thames Estuary Growth Board and the Port of London Authority recommended how the river could be used to transport light freight – creating new jobs, reducing congestion and pushing London forward on the path to net zero.


  • London, United Kingdom
The findings from our report are clear: moving light freight onto the River Thames is not only feasible, but has invaluable benefits. Cost is an overriding issue in transportation, but at the right scale, it can easily be competitive with road freight, particularly as new technologies and innovations develop.
Jim Coleman Head of Economics at WSP
The Thames is home to the UK’s largest port and inland waterway and provides a sustainable and reliable, congestion-free highway into the heart of the capital. The WSP report shows how ‘joining the dots’ between port and consumer is a very real possibility and one which will deliver manifest environmental and wider social benefits.
James Trimmer Director of Planning and Environment for the Port of London Authority
WSP delivered an exceptional piece of work that was data-led and provided a very clear level of detail that has greatly helped us focus on what we need to deliver to make this initiative happen and quickly. Their thorough investigation through a wide number of stakeholders was greatly helped by their knowledge and experience of the logistics sector and respect they have in this sector, they provided more than we had reasonably expected. I have no question in recommending them to those wishing to engage them in this sector in the future.
Vice-Chair and Lead Board member Thames Estuary Growth Board, River Freight Project 2021