|Woolwich Free Ferry,
The James Newman, approaching the Woolwich landing stage, with St Mary's
church visible. August 2000.
Photograph Anthony Wilson, with thanks.
|The Woolwich Free
Ferry runs seven days per week, except on Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Crossing the River Thames between the town of Woolwich, and North
Woolwich (now in the Borough of Newham), which is not far from London City
Airport. It is the eastern joining point between the South and North Circular
roads (A205 - A406 (A117)).
There have been only four unscheduled stoppages in recent history. The only other reason is in fog where the captain cannot see the other shore.
Three boats are in
use on the crossing, (Ernest Bevin, John Burns, and James Newman).
Crossing time is approximately
15 minutes (five to load, five to cross, and five to unload).
|The James Newman on
the grid (tidal dock). This is where maintenance and repairs are carried
out. Some of the work e.g. painting the hull has to be done between tides.
Photo John King
The last boat South to North is approximately 15 minutes earlier than the above times.