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Tuesday 3 October 2006 10.15pm

Just wondered if anyone uses the Thames for work or likes to spend evenings out on the river either for a disco or a meal.

I happen to use the Thames Clipper service alot.
Tuesday 3 October 2006 10.41pm
I use Thames Clippers every day to take the boat from St katherines to Canary Wharf and sometimes beyond that. It's probably one of the most civilised ways to travel to and from work ever! Irregular, and not as cheap as the tube, but hey, what a way to travel!
Wednesday 4 October 2006 1.04pm
can you use oyster cards?
Wednesday 4 October 2006 1.33pm
Not yet - but it's apparently being worked on.

Thames Clippers was sold last month to the new owner of the Millennium Dome. They are investing in several more boats to increase the frequency dramatically over the next couple of years.

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Wednesday 4 October 2006 1.50pm
A bit off topic, but relevant to the last post - the new owners of the Dome have bought the clipper services?

The owner is, I believe, the same chap that bought Prescott (deputy dog) his stylin' little cowboy costume.

Inside the Dome, a casino/hotel has already been built. Owning the river service would certainly make it easy to get punters downstream to...say - a casino.

But hey....I thought no decision on the casino location had been made yet?

Call me cynical, but usiness
Wednesday 4 October 2006 1.56pm
I don't have any connection to the owners but I did go to a presentation by AEG (the company)recently about the Dome (or the "02" as they are trying to call it!). Although a casino is part of their plans they are also building a huge range of other things including a massive concert venue, a cinema and shops and restaurants and most of that is going to open next year regardless of the casino issue. So they are going to need to get thousands of people in and out some way other than just the Jubilee Line and the river seems quite a good idea to me. pretty good option for the olympic stuff that's going to be there too.
Wednesday 4 October 2006 2.36pm
Back to the boat - you do get a discount if you have a travel card though. (Not applicable to pay-as-you-go)
Wednesday 4 October 2006 4.35pm
Oyster cards are being worked on like you said.

Thames clippers has not been totally bought out,just parts of it. Thames Clippers will be running 6 new vessels to the Dome.

I agree with you there Tattie,its not as cheap as the tube...but less packed and no sweaty armpits :P

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