Clipper services to double after operator gets a fresh contract

 
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COMMUTERS and tourists traveling on the River Thames will get a more frequent service from next month, after the firm running the riverboats was given a new five-year contract yesterday.

Thames Clippers will more than double journeys on its 39-minute route between Putney and Blackfriars, and will now stop at Putney, Wandsworth Riverside, Chelsea Harbour and Cadogan Pier.

The firm, which started ferrying passengers on the Thames in 1999, carries around 3m people a year.

“Passengers will have access to a significant increase in weekday services and with improved integration to the wider transport network across the capital,” said managing director Sean Collins in a statement yesterday.

“We are committed to working with TfL to ensure that more people than ever before utilise the river as a mode of transport.”

The firm and TfL will also roll out real-time travel information on the piers.