Now that spring is here, and summer is well on the way, it's the perfect time to join the record number of passengers travelling on the River Thames
Transport for London's (TfL's) newly published spring and summer guide to London's river services gives all the information needed to plan a leisurely trip on the river or to make changes to customer's commutes.
The guide, available at selected piers and London Underground stations and in both audio and large print formats, contains timetable information for all River Bus services and also for River Tours services. The guide also offers a range of leisure activities such as sightseeing cruises, dinner cruises and more exhilarating trips on RIB boats.
For anyone with a big event coming up this summer, the Thames is a great venue for any celebration. There are a number of charter boat operators offering a variety of vessels of different sizes to suit any party.
Andy Thompson, Head of London River Services, said:
'The Thames is at the centre of London, and river services offer a great opportunity to see the city in a different way. Last year more people than ever enjoyed time on the Thames, with 9.8 million passengers taking to the river. With work continuing to improve river services and events like Totally Thames taking place again in September, it promises to be an exciting summer ahead on the river.'
Notes to Editors:
- A list of charter boat operators can be found on the TfL website here: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/river/corporate-and-private-boat-hire
- For more information on London's river services, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/river or pick up one of the new guides from some London River Services' piers, London Underground stations and Transport for London Travel Information Centres.
- There is a third off standard adult and child fares on most river services for passengers with valid Travelcards. Oyster pay as you go is accepted on River Bus services and passengers using it to pay for their fare receive a 10% discount on most River Bus services. For regular passengers there is a range of competitive season tickets available on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.
- London River Services owns and manages eight piers on the river: Westminster, Festival, Embankment, Millbank, Blackfriars, Bankside, Tower and Greenwich.
- All London River Services piers are step-free at all states of the tide, allowing access for mobility impaired passengers. Most river boats are accessible - passengers should contact boat operators for comprehensive accessibility information when planning their journeys. The relevant contact information is available at www.tfl.gov.uk/river