A new state-of-the-art pier opened on Wednesday (November 11) to help commuters using MBNA Thames Clippers.

Plantation Wharf, on the Thames at Battersea, creates an extra stopping point on the RB6 route between Blackfriars and Putney.

The £2.8million structure, built and owned by company Plantation Wharf Pier, will offer Battersea residents access to MBNA Thames Clippers’ two new high-speed boats now entering service.

The 150-passenger, 35m high specification twin catamarans – Galaxy Clipper and Neptune Clipper – will add extra capacity to a route which has already seen a 40% increase in passenger journeys in the last 12 months.

Galaxy Clipper and Neptune Clipper have been designed to accommodate the unique tidal conditions of the Thames and can cope with its low and high tidal conditions, allowing it to navigate its shallow reaches and pass under London’s low bridges.

Passengers use the new Plantation Wharf Pier

Sean Collins, chief executive of Greenwich-based MBNA Thames Clippers said: “The opening of Plantation Wharf, in addition to the two new boats, is a moment of immense pride for us. These are exciting times.”

TfL recently installed pay as you go Oyster readers across all piers served by MBNA Thames Clippers river bus services and next year sees the arrival of contactless payments.

TfL’s general manager for river services Andy Thompson said: “The new pier is a great addition to the RB6 route which MBNA Thames Clippers operates for us, and with its Oyster card validators, a terrific extension of TfL’s network for residents.”

In 2014 alone, MBNA Thames Clippers passenger numbers increased by half a million to 3.8million. In 2016 the business is projected to carry in excess of 4.3million commuters and visitors.