River buses

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Sunday 2 December 2007 1.02am
does anyone use this, regularly or occasionally, cos i was just using the tfl site and it has a link to river buses, and the rivers such an underused transport resource, so i was just wondering if anyone here uses it, and how convenient/regular/pleasant it is as opposed to bus or tube.

cos on tue am i have to teach in battersea. i live in marica rd, off old kent and takes over an hour, and was thinking how great it would be if the river could be used more for pub. trans.

i mean, imagine it for the olympics too, with all the piers at charing x and temple etc.
Sunday 2 December 2007 6.48am
I'm really keen to know if this is really going to take off. After living in Venice for a time, I always adored water transport and never understood why London doesnt use its river more (when I was young no one lived on the river, no one was interested in it, so at least that's improved in the last fifty years). But of COURSE we should have proper river buses, coming regularly and costing something sensible.
Sunday 2 December 2007 11.17am
Well as of last month the Thames Clippers service runs every 15 minutes (previously every 40 minutes off-peak):
http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/3003

But that won't help you get to Battersea.

Thames Executive Charters run a commuter service between Wandsworth and Blackfriars, but it is geared to people commuting to the City, not the other way round:
http://www.thamesexecutivecharters.com/rivertaxi.html

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Sunday 2 December 2007 3.51pm
Well, there you go! It just shows, when I go away I always miss something. Great news. Thanks James
Sunday 2 December 2007 9.19pm
I've used thames Clippers daily for 1.5 years from Tower Bridge to Canary Wharf. It's the most hassle free and civilised way to travel to and from work y far! I can now walk to work, but am fondly remembring the river taxi and still use it if and when I go to Canary Wharf
Monday 3 December 2007 9.56am
The long and short of why it is not used more is its tremendous cost per passenger... a lot of fuel is burnt especially on the Thames which has strong currents and tides, and the boats cost a lot and must be bought rather than leased like trains/buses.

More info in a London Assembly scrutiny report:

http://www.london.gov.uk/assembly/reports/transport/river-services.pdf

It's undeniably very fun and pleasant though!

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