River Passenger Traffic

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-05-16
Session date: 
May 16, 2019
Reference: 
2019/9247
Question By: 
Florence Eshalomi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The River Action Plan aims to double the number of people using river services from six million in 2013 to 12million by 2020. Please provide details on the number of river passengers for 2017/18 and 2018/19 and estimates for 2019/20 to 2023/24, which covers your current Transport for London business plan. Please breakdown the figures into River Bus, River Tours & Woolwich Ferry.

Answers

Answer for River Passenger Traffic
River Passenger Traffic

River Passenger Traffic

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The River Action Plan was introduced under a previous Mayor. However, my Transport Strategy specifically includes a focus on River Services, including the establishment of the Thames and London Waterways Forum which is chaired by my Deputy Mayor for Transport.

Transport for London (TfL) works closely with the Port of London Authority (PLA) to support their 2035 Thames Vision proposals to double river passenger numbers by 2035.

However, we must recognise the impact economic factors have on passenger numbers, especially as many river users are visitors to London or using services for leisure purposes as well as transport.

TfL manages eight piers in London and is responsible for the Woolwich Ferry service. Passenger journeys on the Thames have steadily increased in recent years following its investment in the piers that it operates. This includes approximately £12 million of investment in extensions of the Westminster and Bankside piers to increase capacity and address congestion, as well as upgrading card readers to accept Oyster and contactless payments on all River Bus services to make them quicker and easier for customers to use.

TfL also works closely with other organisations responsible for developing river traffic, including the PLA and independent boat operators. TfL will continue to work closely with these and other river stakeholders to help achieve the ambitious Thames Vision targets. TfL will also be publishing the London Passenger Pier Strategy in the summer which will identify further areas to support the Thames Vision targets.

I have provided below a breakdown of river passengers for 2017/18 and 2018/19 and estimated numbers from TfL’s business plan for 2019/20 to 2023/24.

When the Woolwich Ferry passenger numbers for 2018/19 are removed due to its closure to allow the introduction of new vessels, underlying growth across River Bus and River Tours is 5.2 per cent.

 

 

2017/18

2018/19

River Bus

4081048

4232928

River Tours (inc. charters)

4107311

4382213

Woolwich Ferry

1828446

1141958

Total

10016805

9757099

2019/20

10.2m

2020/21

10.3m

2021/22

10.4m

2022/23

10.6m

2023/24

10.7m