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Welcome to the River Thames User Groups

Eight River User Groups cover the navigational waters of the non tidal Thames from Lechlade all the way down river to Teddington.

RUGs were set up following a review of the how the river functions in 1983.   The recommendation was that eight RUGs were to be formed. Michael Shefras set up RUG8 and Brenda Pollock set up RUG6.  Then Harry Fountain, deputy chair of ATYC at the time, took it upon himself to get other RUGs set up.

There was not enough support for a separate RUG 1 and RUG 2 and the same for RUG 4 and 5, hence the conjoined groups.

Each ‘RUG’ Chair sits on the Thames Navigation User Forum used to gain customer feedback on EA projects and future plans and to receive advice and guidance on topics such as boat registration charges and the customer charter.

Their main purpose is to act as a conduit for information on the operational management of the Thames Navigation by the EA, to maintain a calendar of events to assist event organisers to de-conflict events which otherwise might clash and to resolve any conflicts misunderstandings or difficulties experienced by he many clubs and organisations which use the river.