Passenger numbers more than double in first four weeks
River Bus services between Putney and Blackfriars via Chelsea Harbour/Imperial Wharf in Fulham have seen record passengers numbers since Transport for London’s appointment of KPMG Thames Clippers as the new operator of the route in April.
During the first four weeks of the enhanced service, Thames Clippers have seen passenger numbers rise from 2,700 to a record 6,400 – an increase of more than 130 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Transport for London and Thames Clippers have sought to deliver increased passenger convenience with faster journey times and more frequent River Bus services. Currently the operator provide two thirds more services on weekdays on modern, fully accessible, high speed catamarans.
Andy Thompson, Head of London River Services, said:
“We are very pleased to see more passengers making the most of this improved River Bus service. With more regular services and modern state-of-the-art boats, it offers our passengers more choice and enables them to make the most of the river.”
London Assembly Member Richard Tracey pictured left said:
" This is really positive news of progress which we had hoped for. Long may the growth continue as more people learn about the service and when Battersea Pier is built for autumn launch. I hope at that time the same discounts for Oyster payment that exist on other Clipper routes will come in."
Oyster is accepted on the route meaning passengers can use Pay as You Go to pay for their fares. There is also a reduced fare for passengers with Travelcards. For regular passengers there is a range of competitive season tickets available on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.
Transport for London and the Mayor of London are committed to making the most of the River Thames and to this end have launched a ‘River Action Plan’ that will see £10m invested with the ambitious aim of increasing the number of people travelling on the river from 6.5 million to 12 million by 2020. The River Action Plan sets out a range of improvements to piers and, passenger information.
TfL will also seek to better promote river services and work more collaboratively with partners such as boat operators and London and Partners. As part of this plan TfL has already delivered real time next boat information to the majority of the piers served by River Bus services, allowing passengers to time their arrival at a pier to catch the next service. In the future real time arrival information will also be available via a number of mobile phone apps.
Download the new timetable from the KPMG Thames Clippers website.
May 24, 2013