Battersea becomes the latest addition to the advanced river transport network of London
The river bus service has recently expanded, adding a new pier adjacent to Battersea Power Station. The pier operated by MBNA Thames Clippers is located in Circus West Village with river buses running every 20 minutes during rush hour.
According to reports over 4.1 million commuters and visitors travelled on the River Thames in 2017 alone. The operator introduced two new boats to the fleet– Mercury Clipper and Jupiter Clipper- to meet demand. This was part of a £6.3 million investment in the river travelling business. The Battersea pier is the latest addition to London’s most popular river route – RB6 – which has seen an increase of 58% commuter traffic in two years.
But why take the river bus?
Sceptical at first, locals hop on the boat only to find out the great benefits of the river commute. Plenty room onboard, a choice between a climate-controlled cabin and open-air deck, licensed coffee bars, good mobile signal and onboard lavatories. The river bus amenities will certainly transform same-old boring commutes on the Tube to quick river trips overlooking London’s finest landmarks.
Is there a better way to start the day than a stress-free comfortable commute?
Battersea residents can use their Oyster cards or pay contactless and reach London Eye in just nine minutes, the Embankment in 14, or carry on to Blackfriars, Bankside and London Bridge.
This is the 22nd pier of the MBNA Thames Clippers, who commence their eastbound journey every day from the Battersea pier. Click to view the Route Map. By 2020, they predict they will serve six million passengers, echoing the gaining popularity of the river bus service.
The opening of the pier in Battersea is adding to the connectivity of the development and has been welcomed by the residents, existing retailers and visitors who are looking for fast links to other key areas. According to Transport for London’s forecast in the next five years, 8 million people will travel to work via River Bus, indicating Londoners’ need for scenic and quiet commutes.
During the ribbon cutting of the Battersea pier Cllr Ravi Govindia CBE, leader of Wandsworth Council, said:
“We are delighted that Wandsworth is now London’s best-connected river borough giving people more transport choice than ever before. The opening of the pier is also yet another milestone in the regeneration of Nine Elms which is the great source of new jobs and homes in the country.”
Undeniably, the river bus from Circus West Village doesn’t only provide comfortable journeys but also adds to the riverside galore of Battersea. Hopping on a boat every day is definitely an interesting way to get to work, especially when you are on such a historical river as the Thames. The newly built pier features a smart design and all the latest technology while maintaining the natural excitement of travelling on the river, even if it’s for just 10 minutes.
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