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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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TripAdvisor
  • This is one of the spots that few visit or know much about. The Thames Barrier was created to keep the tidal flows of the river in check. Without it, London risks being flooded under the right conditi...  more »
  • This is a movable barrier in the River Thames and prevents the floodplain of Greater London from being flooded by exceptional high tides and storms from the North Sea. It spans 520 metres across the R...  more »
  • An unexpectedly quiet spot by the Thames, with good views of the barrier from various angles. There is an informative display at the visitor centre and nice seating area outside.  more »
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  • 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
  • It's a very nice thing to look at if you appreciate big buildings/constructions/engineering projects. I really enjoyed it, specially because it was a sunny day, and took a lot of photos. Not everyone will enjoy it, though, as there is nothing but the view to appreciate and depending on where you are it will require a combination of the under and overground lines to get there. The Thames Barrier Park, which is nice but small.
  • Impressive sight.