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Thames Barrier, London

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The Thames Barrier is a movable flood barrier in the River Thames east of Central London. It has been operational since 1984 and prevents the floodplain of all but the easternmost boroughs of Greater London from being flooded by exceptionally high tides and storm surges moving up from the North Sea. When needed, it is closed (raised) during high tide; at low tide it can be opened to restore the river's flow towards the sea. Built approximately 3km due east of the Isle of Dogs, its northern bank is in Silvertown in the London Borough of Newham and its southern bank is in the New Charlton area of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The report of Sir Hermann Bondi on the North Sea flood of 1953 affecting parts of the Thames Estuary and parts of London was instrumental in the building of the barrier.Geography and backgroundLondon is vulnerable to flooding and from heavy tides closing in. A storm surge generated by low pressure in the Atlantic Ocean sometimes tracks eastwards past the north of Scotland and may then be driven into the shallow waters of the North Sea. The surge tide is funnelled down the North Sea which narrows towards the English Channel and the Thames Estuary. If the storm surge coincides with a spring tide, dangerously high water levels can occur in the Thames Estuary.
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  • It is well worth the effort of getting there to see the Barrier and visit the Information Centre which explains how it works. There are the usual exhibition panels, models and videos which show you ho...  more »
  • It was interesting to see the Thames Barrier close up. It is one of the largest moveable flood barriers in the world. The best view is from the west as you can see the shiny backs of the barriers. The...  more »
  • I have always though The Thames Barrier to be a superb,space age structure. When staying recently in Greenwich we decided to drive there & take a look. Firstly it is in a very strange area. Felt like ...  more »
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  • Enjoyed visiting this place but very quiet and a little errie......Wouldn't want to be here at night. But with that said, the information centre was very interesting and detailed. The gentlemen who worked there was very knowledgeable and helpful. Only a little disappointed as we couldn't get to go in. Lovely walk along the river also.
  • Cool structure that protects London from high tide floods. A bit out of the way but worth a stop if you are biking or hiking along the river. Check out the Thames River diagram in the tunnel nearby.
  • I recommend this place! Also, you can go for a walk from the Thames Barrier all the way to the O2 arena/North Greenwich tube station. On the way there's some pretty interesting industry areas.
  • Some nice scenery however even if you walk along the river front to get here the surrounding area is quite industrial and very dirty.
  • An amazing piece of engineering and still going strong after more than 20 years

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