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Ken Livingstone Opens New Millennium Commission Funded Pier  

A new millennium pier at Tower Bridge will be officially opened on Friday 14th July by London's Mayor, Ken Livingstone MP. The pier is the first part of the Thames 2000 scheme to be completed, which is providing London with new piers along the river Thames. It is supported by a £7 million Lottery grant from the Millennium Commission.

The scheme is creating these new piers at strategic points along the river Thames including Blackfriars and Waterloo (by the London Eye). It forms part of the Cross River Partnership's integrated transport and regeneration strategy for the Thames.

Mike O'Connor, Director of the Millennium Commission, said, "The Thames is vastly underused as a transport system for London. Thames 2000 is contributing much needed new piers for London which will serve a new sustainable transport system and promote greater use of the river. Visitors and residents will be able to use the Thames to reach other Millennium Commission funded attractions such as the new Tate Modern."

"Thames 2000 is another example of how the Millennium Commission is investing Lottery money in a vast array of projects right across the capital. It is helping with the redevelopment of inner London and the revitalisation of the Thames."

The Thames 2000 project is just one of a range of millennium projects, festivals and people the Millennium Commission is funding across London. Others include: Tate Modern - the new modern art gallery in the re-developed Bankside Power Station; the Millennium Bridge; the renovation of the British Museum's Great Court to create a new public square, opening it up to the public for the first time in 150 years; and the revitalisation of the inner city Mile End Park.

People can pick up a free Millennium Commission Guide for London and the South East containing details of all the Millennium Commission activities happening across the capital from Tesco Stores, Tourist Information Centres and the Millennium Commission.

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Notes to Editors

  1. Thames 2000 is providing new piers at Tower Bridge, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Tate Britain, Millbank
  2. The Millennium Commission is one of the good causes supported by the National Lottery.
  3. The Millennium Commission is supporting:
  • Around 200 new buildings, environmental projects and visitor attractions on over 3000 sites across the UK.
  • A UK-wide programme of community festivals which began on New Years Eve with First Weekend celebrations in 22 towns and cities.
  • New Year's Eve 2000 celebrations which will see cities and towns across the UK hosting an exciting range of events.
  • Millennium Awards to individuals to put their own bright ideas into action for the benefit of themselves and the community,
  • The Millennium Experience at Greenwich and the National programme,
  1. Further information about Millennium Awards can be obtained by calling the Millennium Awards Hotline on 0800 06801 2000.

For further information, please contact theMillennium Commission Press Office on 020 7880 2007, out of hours 07768 461 549.

The Millennium Commission web-site can be accessed atwww.millennium.gov.uk

The Millennium Awards web site can be accessed atwww.starpeople.org.uk

The Millennium Festival web site can be accessed atwww.festival2000.co.uk

Global Millennium web site ?www.global-millennium.com

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Millennium Commission  13-Jul-2000
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