ROMAN general Gaius Julius Caesar is said to have landed in Brentford from the Thames in 54 BC and now over 2,000 years later river passengers could be set to do the same.

The idea has been floated by London Assembly Labour member Murad Qureshi who feels Brentford is a neglected area when it comes to water-based transport.

Following a meeting of the London Waterways Commission (LWC) to discuss its River Action Plan, Mr Qureshi proclaimed his support from more piers to be built along the Thames.

The aim is to double passenger numbers by the year 2020, although critics did point out it neglects to mention the role of freight which they feel should also be included. Nonetheless, Mr Qureshi used his internet blog
( ) to update his followers on the scheme and to ask their opinions on whether Brentford should be included.

In his blog he says: "It is the point at which the river Brent and the canals meet the Thames and it’s envisaged that passenger boats will go past it on their way to to Richmond and Kingston, so why can’t Brentford have a Pier as well? Famously it is claimed that Julius Caesar landed there when he came over to Londinium during his reign in 54 BC for the second invasion of Britannia as Brentford is a likely site of a battle recorded between
Julius Cæsar and the local king, Cassivellaunus.

"So a Pier at Brentford on the Thames called “Julius Caesar Pier”? Has a ring to it and is something l should possibly pursue with the Mayor?"

The idea has already got locals talking, Brentford resident Michael Bell said: "This sounds like it would sit nicely with the plan to regenerate the High Street and get more visitors into the town.

"The river is a great resource, we should make the most of the opportunities it brings."

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