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.
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.
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
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.