Thames Clippers plan river bus expansion

AA-may21-clippers2.jpgThames Clippers is planning to expand its river bus service with the introduction of a shuttle boat between Blackfriars and Vauxhall.

Sean Collins, managing director and co-founder of the company, hopes to introduce the service to link up with a new development at St George's Wharf, much further west than current commuter links.

He said: "We're in discussions with St George's Wharf about running an all-day shuttle service from there to Blackfriars when it's finished. There's a pier being built at the moment, which should be a purely residential one so there won't be any issues about it being used by pleasure boats."

Mr Collins also revealed that passenger numbers on the reintroduced late evening sailings are good, strengthening the likelihood that the services will be retained next winter, after being controversially dropped last year.

And he surprisingly supports Boris Johnson's cable car scheme.

He said: "Anything that services the Royal Docks and the Greenwich Peninsula is a positive. We've already thought about potentially running a Royal Docks express to improve the transport links. The cable car will add that little bit more to the London experience."