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Take to the river and beat the tube strike

Transport for London is offering a free circular boat service on Wednesday to help commuters beat the strike and Thames Clippers are reinforcing their normal timetable.

A free river service, paid for by London Underground, will run in the morning and evening rush hours on Wednesday.

The morning peak hour service will run as follows between 6am and 10am at 10-15 minute intervals: Tower Pier – Blackfriars Pier – Embankment Pier – Westminster Pier – Waterloo Pier – Blackfriars Pier – Tower Pier

The evening peak service will start from 4.20pm at Tower Pier. The service will run: Tower Pier – Blackfriars Pier – Waterloo Pier – Westminster Pier – Embankment Pier – Blackfriars Pier – Tower Pier.

The regular Thames Clippers service – not free, but with discounts for Travelcard holders – will be offering an enhanced timetable, with extra boats during peak hours and a half-hourly service through the day.

The service starts at 6.20am and operates throughout the day. The evening commuter service ends with the 8.10pm departure from Savoy Pier. Thames Clippers serves Bankside and London Bridge City piers in SE1.

Thames Clippers MD Sean Collins says: "We fully expect the tube strike to be a busy time for our service and while priority is always given to our season ticket holders we will still be able to provide transport to commuters who normally use the tube. We are committed to customer service and I am sure there will be many first time users for whom the river becomes their regular form of travel."

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