Image above: Hammersmith Bridge
Transport for London (TfL) has chosen a boat operator to run ferry services across the river near Hammersmith Bridge and the service should be operating by the end of the summer they say, subject to consents.
After a competitive procurement process, TfL has selected Uber Boat by Thames Clippers to run the temporary Hammersmith ferry from a point near to Queen Caroline Street in Hammersmith to the Hammersmith Bridge approach in Barnes and back, providing the planning application for landing points is passed.
‘There will be a full programme of engagement with the local community and other river users ahead of any planning application being submitted’ says TfL.
The service will take foot passengers and cycles over the Thames while Hammersmith Bridge undergoes vital repair and refurbishment works. The boats, 25 metre long high-speed catamarans, will have a minimum capacity of 800 passengers an hour at peak times, with services running daily from 06.00-22.00.
Fares are expected to mirror buses at £1.55, subject to necessary approvals.
‘This would include a Hopper option and the acceptance of the same concessions, including freedom passes and free travel for children. The Hopper option will allow people who arrive at the ferry by bus to change onto the ferry at no further charge, as long as they change within an hour of starting their original journey’.
Uber Boat by Thames Clippers is licensed to operate TfL’s River Bus on the River Thames. Founded in 1999 as Thames Clippers, their fleet now serves 23 piers across the capital at 20-minute intervals between key London piers.
Pre-Covid passenger numbers reached 4.3 million in 2019. A ticketing partnership with Uber, launched in 2020, saw the business rebranded as Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, but the service continues to be fully operated by Thames Clippers with no change in ownership; AEG, owners and operators of The O2, own the majority stake in the company.
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