Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that the Woolwich Ferry will be closed to customers between 17 February and 9 March 2023. The planned closure, from 1030 on 17 February, will enable key engineering works and upgrades to take place, such as the installation of a new pontoon guiderail and works on the north and south operational docking areas to support the long-term reliability of the ferry service.

In addition to works on the docking areas, TfL intend to use the closure to improve the experience of using the ferry for customers. This will include a widening of the area where traffic waits to board the ferry to improving flow and access, reducing waiting times and allowing the service to operate more efficiently.

Upgrade works, including the fitting of new facilities in the north and south terminals for staff, will also take place during the closure.

During the closure, foot passengers can use the Woolwich Foot Tunnel or the DLR service between King George V and Woolwich Arsenal as alternative means of transport. Those in vehicles can use alternative crossings at Dartford, Blackwall and Rotherhithe, subject to some vehicle restrictions

Tricia Ashton, TfL’s Director of Rail and Sponsored Services, said: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our customers from the planned closure of the Woolwich Ferry. During the closure, we will be working hard on key engineering works and upgrades that will enhance the ferry’s service and long-term reliability. We advise people to use alternative crossings and plan their journeys before they travel while the ferry is closed.”

Additional information:

  • The Ferry will close to customers at 1030 on 17 February 2023 and reopen at 0600 on 9 March 2023
  • Customer communications for the works are available on the TfL website, on posters at both terminals, and at the foot passenger waiting areas