London river transport network MBNA Thames Clippers has revealed an expansion of its river bus routes with the addition of Battersea Power Station. Adding a new direct route for commuters, residents and visitors to the city centre, the newest service will take travellers around 15 minutes to reach Embankment at central London from Battersea.
The route comes following the introduction of two new boats over the summer, the Mercury and Jupiter Clippers, as part of a £6.3 million investment. With the new boats, the fleet is expected to carry around 20,000 people a day, and will run every 20-30 minutes throughout weekday mornings and evenings.
“We’re incredibly excited to be adding Battersea Power Station Pier to our route,” said Sean Collins, CEO of MBNA Thames Clippers. “It’s such an iconic London landmark and with the current transformation really taking shape it’s set to become a real destination hub in the city.”
The destination marks the 22nd pier along the route, and is expected to add to their 4 million current commuters to achieve a yearly goal of reaching 20 million commuters on faring the waves of the Thames. The expansion also comes following further development to the Battersea area, which includes the opening of several new restaurants, bars and cafes during the past summer.
“Whether you are using the river bus for commuting or to get to your favourite events and exhibitions at key venues along the River Thames, it is now easier than ever to get around the capital from,” said Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company. “There is also something quite special about setting off on your journey down the Thames against the backdrop of the Power Station, and we hope that people will enjoy the view as they sail off down the river.”