Riverside safety

River safety plan - section 2 - Town End Wharf to Eagle Brewery Wharf

The narrow path passes restaurants, business units and residential dwellings and arrives at the first open space in this section - Eagle Brewery Wharf.

This public amenity space attracts a considerable number of visitors especially on warm summer days and evenings. It especially attracts younger people who come to consume alcohol and socialise. On the river bank there are permanent moorings which are accessed by a pontoon. The pontoon is below the wall on the footpath side of the river bank.

Nature of footfall

This section of the riverside is used by pedestrians of all age groups, runners and cyclists.

Rescue equipment

View map of bank side and river wall equipment

Bank side equipment

The are five life buoys along the Queens Promenade, Riverside Walk and Eagle Wharf Brewery parts of Section 2, each with throw ropes and toggle openings, and checked daily. 

  • Life buoy 7 - opposite junction of Portsmouth Road and Surbiton Road, KT1 2LZ, grid reference - X 517782 / Y 168506
  • Life buoy 8 - opposite 2 Portsmouth Road, KT1 2LU, grid reference - X517766 / Y 168712
  • Life buoy 9 - opposite 45 High Street, KT1 1LQ, grid reference - X 517758 / Y 168852
  • Life buoy 10 - outside 50 High Street, KT1 1 HN, grid reference - X 517754 / Y 168957
  • Life buoy 11 - opposite The Ram Public House, KT1 1HN, grid reference - X 517741 / Y 169082

River wall equipment

There are wooden pontoons to which boats are moored and another further upstream that attracts water fowl, especially when being offered food by passersby.

Access assessment scores

  • Misjudgement, ignorance or disregard - 19 (out of 33)
  • Unlimited access to hazard - 13 (out of 30)
  • Supervision - 2 (out of 7)
  • Ability to save oneself or be rescued - 10 (out of 30)
  • Total score - 44 per cent (medium level risk)

Additional information

There is a narrow footpath shared by pedestrians and cyclists, with a service road onto the footpath. Waterfowl use the pontoon, mainly swans and Canada geese. Both species can be aggressive at certain times of the year.

There has been one previous incident at Eagle Brewery Wharf when a young adult fell off the wall onto the pontoon below suffering serious head injuries.