Three new piers on Thames to help double passenger journeys on river

00:18 25 February 2013

Transport for London aims to double the number of passenger journeys on the Thames by 2020. File picture: PA

Transport for London aims to double the number of passenger journeys on the Thames by 2020. File picture: PA

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Three new piers are to open on the River Thames as part of a series of measures to double the number of passenger journeys on the river by 2020.

Transport for London’s (TfL) River Action Plan announced today sets out the improvements that will be made to river services over the next seven years.

Among the improvements are the opening of three new piers, the first at Plantation Wharf in Battersea later this year. Two other piers, one at Battersea Power Station and one at Enderby Wharf, have planning permission.

Contactless Wave and Pay ticketing will be introduced on river services, and real-time arrivals information will be rolled out from this summer.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “The River Thames played a major part in the success of a momentous 2012 and I am determined to capitalise on these achievements and safeguard the river’s central role in the future achievements of our great city.

“That is why I have set a target to increase passenger journeys on the Thames to 12million a year by 2020 and to maximise its potential for high quality river travel with the building of new piers and even better facilities.”

According to TfL passenger numbers on river services have increased by more than 25 per cent in the last four years.

By 2031 TfL anticipates there will be an extra 100,000 new homes and 220,000 new jobs close to the Thames creating increased passenger demand for river services.

Mike Weston, TfL’s operations director, surface transport, said: “This is an exciting chapter for the Thames, with more and more people already using the river to commute to work or for leisure trips.

“As one of the most attractive ways to travel around the capital, we are fully committed to ensuring that the river reaches its full potential by creating highly visible, attractive piers with services that are easy to find, easy to use and more frequent than ever before.”

Jim Trimmer, head of planning and partnerships at the Port of London Authority said: “The Port of London Authority welcomes this important new initiative that brings together the different river organisations and operators. It will be a further boost to the continued growth in passenger movements on the Thames.”

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