Riverboats

Meeting: 
Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Reference: 
2006/0522
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Question

What plans are there to develop the Clipper riverboat service from Greenland Pier down to Greenwich and up to Savoy (Embankment)? How do TfL plan to make better use of the river for public transport?

Answer

Answer for Riverboats

Answer for Riverboats

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

Over the past five years, weekday Thames Clippers departures from Greenland pier have increased from 12 per day westbound, to 29 westbound and 28 eastbound per day. This is in response to increased usage. Provided that demand continues to grow, we will work with the operator to facilitate further increases in frequency as necessary.

At the end of September, AEG Europe acquired a majority stake in Thames Clippers and announced the introduction of an additional six new 220 passenger capacity riverbuses in 2007, to enable the introduction of services to The O2 in July 2007. TfL has not yet received a formal service change proposal from the operator.

We will continue to work with operators, developers and others to facilitate greater use of the river for passenger transport provided that any call on TfL funding can be demonstrated to be value for money. For example, discussions continue with Parkview International, the developers of Battersea Power Station regarding their plans for riverbus services between Battersea and central London.