PortCities London

The 20th-century port

Port of London Authority (PLA)

Charge fixing

Loading a Japanese army hydroplane at London Docks.
View full size imageLoading a hydroplane on to a steamer at the London Docks. © NMM
The Port of London Authority (PLA) took over the docks from the private companies. It was run by a board representing the private and public users of the port.

An important step taken by the Authority was the reduction and fixing of docking charges. This was a great help to merchants and ship-owners.

Control of the river

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