Wider Image: Life on the Woolwich Ferry
People walk along the Woolwich pedestrian tunnel which links Woolwich to North Woolwich, Newham, London January 24, 2105. The tunnel, which is 504m long, was built in 1912 to ensure that dock and shipyard workers and residents could cross the River Thames in all weather conditions. 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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