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London’s Royal Docks

The Royal Docks are London’s unique and historic water space – some four kilometres long, the equivalent of walking from Oxford Circus to Bank. They were once the largest enclosed docks in the world and today the 250 acres of water provide a spectacular setting for the area’s transformation into a vibrant 21st century destination to live, work and play. It’s never been easier to get here – and few areas of London can boast of a more dramatic method of transportation than the Emirates Air Line across the river Thames.

London’s Royal Docks are home to a host of attractions, events and activities, all centred around the water. The heritage and history of the area plays an all-important part in the continuing story of the docks. It’s the combination of old and new that makes this place so special, as communities grow, new restaurants, cafés and bars open and the calendar of activities gets busier with each month. Welcome to London’s Royals Docks. We hope you enjoy your time here.

Latest news

King George V Lock – Public Footpath

For health & safety reasons we have closed the public footpath that runs along our outer lock gates at King George V Lock. The outer lock gates are currently open and require urgent repair before they can be closed. We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Royal Docks Management Authority

Royal Docks Water Arts and Events Consultant role


The Royal Docks Team are Currently looking for someone to join their team to work with them and help develop water based events and arts within the docks.  If this is a role you are interesting in applying for please click here for more detail.

Update – RVD Footbridge Lifts

Please see below update regarding the RVD Footbridge Lifts:

Current situation:

  • The freehold of bridge is held by the GLA.
  • The bridge is maintained by RoDMA under a lease to ensure a safe passage for the public.
  • RoDMA is a not-for-profit who operate the Docks and maintain the infrastructure.
  • RoDMA’s income is insufficient to maintain, refurbish or replace all assets.  Therefore, assets are prioritised based on risk.
  • The assets required to retain or maintain the water level and the moving road bridges are a higher priority than the footbridge.
  • The bridge is not a public right of way.
  • There is an ongoing issue, in both affordability and capability, of the lifts.
  • The lifts are not designed for the longevity that they have been put under; they are construction site lifts that should have been taken out of service many years ago.
  • The contractor ‘Alimak’ who designed and now maintain the lifts struggle to maintain them.  Parts are obsolete and are usually manufactured ad-hoc.
  • The contractor attempted to repair the lifts only last week but failed.  They were also there three weeks ago and two weeks prior to that.
  • If one side of the bridge lift fails, both are switched off. This is to protect vulnerable people if they were to go up the lifts and be stuck on the bridge.
  • The timbers are currently going through a rolling replacement programme.  They are not tested for safety, they are inspected daily by RoDMA staff. This year we replaced approx. 25% of the timbers. We also have a replacement stock which is used to replace the timbers when they have been damaged, usually through vandalism.

Planned for the future:

  • There is a cash inject to replace the lifts which is being provided by the developer of the Silvertown Quays Development.  Likely to be completed within 12 months of receiving the money.
  • There is a low-level bridge being put in which will not require the use of lifts and will provide the short cut across the docks. Likely to be completed in 2027.
  • We will continue our timber replacement programme.  If at any time we believe the timbers to not be able to ensure a safe passage, we will close the bridge.
  • We will continue to work with Alimak to attempt to keep the lifts working, even though it is unaffordable.

Carbon Neutral by 2030

Reducing carbon emissions in transportation is a complex challenge. We plan to make our transportation fleet carbon neutral by 2030, and to do that, we must act now to begin this journey. Right now, the vehicles and charging infrastructure in the UK don’t exist at the scale needed to serve customers. We need the supply to increase dramatically. However, RoDMA have ordered our first electric vehicle (EV) from Mercedes-Benz. I am delighted that we have taken this first step into reducing its vehicle carbon footprint.  It is one of several initiatives we have planned over the next few years. Watch this space for news on our developments!

Scott Derben
Managing Director