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Old October 26th, 2005, 12:08 PM   #1
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LONDON | Ferries

The Thames Clippers

Thames Clippers is the leading provider of commuter passenger services on the River Thames, operating fast modern boats over the key central stretch of the river between Central London at Savoy Pier, through Canary Wharf and on to Greenwich and now beyond to Woolwich.

Thames Clippers was founded in 1999 by Sean Collins (MD) and Alan Woods (Chairman), who have spent their careers working on the River Thames and who saw the opportunity to build a professionally run high-speed passenger ferry service. The Company started with a single vessel carrying less than 1,500 passengers a week, but now owns a fleet of seven modern vessels carrying well in excess of 20,000 passengers per week.

The market for river transport has grown significantly over the last decade, and demand continues to grow. Passenger journeys on the service have been growing at an annual rate of 53% over the last year as river fronted developments seek to broaden the transport options available to them.

The area around the Thames in East London is now emerging from many years of decline following the destruction caused by the Second World War. Since the mid 1980's the East End has undergone massive redevelopment on both banks of the river and the area around the Isle of Dogs is now a major commercial and residential hub.

Canary Wharf Group forecast that by the end of 2005 there will be more workers in the Docklands than when the docks were working at their peak. In addition the region east from the Docklands to the North Sea, the 'Thames Gateway', has been identified as a major redevelopment zone which will be built up over the coming decade.

Further development plans for the estuary eastwards from Canary Wharf suggest that the 'Thames Gateway' will be transformed over the coming decade with over 150,000 new homes. Accordingly the business is looking at numerous opportunities to provide longer distance commuter services down the length of the river.

Thames Clippers has a grant to provide the only commuter service in Central London and operates a fleet of fast high-quality vessels. The service is also integrated into the TfL pricing system, so holders of Travelcards are eligible for discounts, and the river has become part of an 'integrated modal transport network' with improved signage on bus and Tube maps and stations, for onward interconnections.




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Old October 26th, 2005, 02:01 PM   #2
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Nice looking ferry service!
How often do they run?
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Old October 26th, 2005, 08:19 PM   #3
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When did these start running? They look great!
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Old October 26th, 2005, 09:36 PM   #4
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Old October 26th, 2005, 10:14 PM   #5
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Nice looking ferry service!
How often do they run?
During rush hour, around every 10 minutes.

Normally around every half hour.

Im not sure when they started, but they are proving popular with commuters, and tourists too!
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Old October 26th, 2005, 10:19 PM   #6
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are they covered by travelcard? might be a nice way to see London next time
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Old October 26th, 2005, 10:30 PM   #7
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Thames boats link Tower and Eye

Thursday, 23 June, 2005




Two new vessels are to swell the number of the Thames commuter boat service and ferry tourists between two landmarks.

The high-speed, 120-seat catamarans will bring the Thames Clippers' fleet to seven boats from next week.

One will offer an express link between the London Eye and the Tower of London once rush hour demand has died down.

The other will help extend the Thames Clippers service eastwards to Woolwich Arsenal, which is being redeveloped but still has limited transport links.

The Thames Clipper service began in 1999 with just one vessel but says it has proved so popular it needs new boats to make space for more passengers.

In 2004, 1.8 million journeys were made on its service - by 2006 it hopes to increase that to four million.

Managing director Sean Collins said 75% of passengers were commuters, who appreciated the reliability of the service - even if it was not as regular as the Tube.

"In some catchment areas, it is the quickest form of transport to get from home to work," he told BBC News.

Increasing custom

"The real jewel in the crown here for us, hopefully, is going to be Woolwich Arsenal, where the transport infrastructure there is quite bad and overcrowded.

"It will allow people to transit between Woolwich Arsenal and Canary Wharf, the City and the West End, a lot more easily."

The new London Eye service is aimed at increasing custom during off-peak hours and follows the launch of a service linking the Tate Britain with the Tate Modern two years ago.

The Sun Clipper and Moon Clipper will be launched at St Katherine's Dock on Thursday and will start taking passengers next week.


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are they covered by travelcard? might be a nice way to see London next time
I don't think they are . But they definately are a great way to see London
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Old October 26th, 2005, 10:41 PM   #8
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Heres some more pics:

Not a bad commute eh?:





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Old October 27th, 2005, 10:23 PM   #9
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This is exactly the kind of thing London needs, waterbuses catering for commuters as well as tourists. A simple way to go some way towards helping to elleviate London's transport problems.
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Yep the river is massively underused as a commuter route, and yet its one of the cities greatest assets. We need more of these boats!
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nice.
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Old October 28th, 2005, 11:12 PM   #12
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This is the Train-style route map:




and yes, the Thames is a great way to get around London. Both of London's commercial centres (at Docklands & the City) are by the Thames, and it would definately ease congestion... and stress!



Here is a headline from their website:


Riverline On-time stats exceed 98%

One of the beauties of river travel is that there are no traffic lights, no roundabouts, no breakdowns, and no white van man having road rage or parking. And, even if there was, the good news is that the river is so wide we'd be able to travel around it.

Not surprisingly then the Riverline boasts on-time statistics in excess of 98%. What's more on faster stretches of the river where there are no speed limits, our boats get up to speeds of 28 knots. When you consider that the average speed of road traffic in London hasn't increased since the horse-drawn days of the Handsome Cab, and is still somewhere between 4-5 miles per hour, we think we deliver a pretty good service.

Better of all the views are fantastic, especially if you stand outside at the back of the Hurricane or Sun Clipper - it's a whole new look at London. Best of all, as the big boats have a bar on board, you can cruise home at high speed into the sunset with a cold beer or glass of wine in your hand. You don't get that on the Number 19 bus!
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Old October 29th, 2005, 12:21 AM   #13
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I run along the river (and live beside it), and see these more and more. I wonder how long it would take from, say, Canary Wharf to London Bridge compared with the tube.

Travelcards do not give you free access on the riverboad, but you do get 1/3 off the fare.
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Old October 29th, 2005, 01:17 PM   #14
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Very nice.If your journey connects between two stations then It makes a nice alturnative to the tube
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There is an interesting article updating the Thames Clippers River Bus story here at http://www.londonreconnections.com/2016/13841/.
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