MBNA hames Clippers is increasing its services between Putney and Canary Wharf at peak times using the capacity provided by two new boats that were introduced last year.
From Monday (February 22), the morning capacity has been doubled between 7.25-7.55 with the additional services from the west into central London and on to London Bridge and Canary Wharf. Putney to Canary Wharf will take 50 minutes.
Additional sailings on the route will also include some sailings starting part-way along the route at the new Plantation Wharf Pier during peak travel times to ensure sufficient capacity for stops such as Chelsea and Cadogan that typically reach capacity with the current timetable.
MBNA Thames Clippers CEO Sean Collins said: “Our route between Putney and Canary Wharf has been going from strength to strength, and the arrival of our new boats has certainly enhanced the customer experience. This growing popularity of the route has led to some sailings reaching capacity.
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“We took this rise in demand as an opportunity to ask our regular customers what changes they would most like to see to the service. Using this feedback, our new enhanced timetable was created.”
Some 40% of respondents to a survey said that they would use the service more if there were more direct morning sailings to London Bridge and Canary Wharf
In order to accommodate these changes, there will changes to the RB2 route which travels between St George’s Wharf (Vauxhall), Tate Britain at Millbank and the Tate Modern at Bankside. All weekday sailings will be 10 minutes earlier than they currently run. The weekend timetable will remain unchanged.