Wider Image: Life on the Woolwich Ferry
Fuel gauges are seen in the engine room of the James Newman Woolwich Ferry in London January 23, 2015. Each ferry has a Boat Engineer on board for every crossing, who monitors the engines. Now, as in the past, there are proposals for plans to replace the Woolwich Free Ferry with either a bridge or a tunnel. However, many of the ferry workers believe there will always be a ferry service at Woolwich, which has been a place for crossing the Thames since the Saxon times. The free ferry opened in 1889, with each boat licensed to carry 1000 passengers and 15-20 vehicles. Latest figures show that on average just under 80,000 vehicles and 22,000 foot passengers use the ferry every four weeks. REUTERS/Russell Boyce (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS SOCIETY MARITIME TRANSPORT)
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