Thames ferry service cut back

The passenger ferry service on the Thames which serves Bankside and London Bridge City pier introduced a new timetable last week, with weekday daytime services halved.

Thames Clippers (formerly Collins River Enterprises) launched a 7-day passenger ferry service just over a month ago, aimed at commuters and Londoners rather than sightseers.

The service operates between Savoy Pier on Victoria Embankment and Masthouse Terrace on the Isle of Dogs, calling at Blackfriars Pier (on the north side of Blackfriars Bridge), Bankside Pier for Tate Modern and the Globe, London Bridge City Pier at Hay's Galleria, St Katharine's Dock, Canary Wharf and Greenland Passage.

The recent changes see weekday daytime frequency reduced from half-hourly to hourly, but the daytime and weekend service now covers the whole route rather than terminating at Blackfriars in the west and Canary Wharf in the east. London Bridge City isn't served at weekends.

Services operate between 6am and 8pm on weekdays and 10am to 6pm at weekends. Travelcard holders are entitled to a one-third discount on fares, bringing the cost of a single from Bankside to Canary Wharf down to 2.

This new service follows the failure of the White Horse Fast Ferry two years ago.

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