Local Assembly Member Takes First River Taxi

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Putney To Blackfriars In 37 Minutes…By Boat

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The first river taxi opening the new service from Putney to Blackfriars departed from Putney at 6-30am today Tuesday 2nd April. And one of the earliest travellers on the Thames Clipper was Richard Tracey, the Mayor's Ambassador for River Transport and London Assembly Member for Wandsworth and Merton (pictured heading downstream)

All the boats ran to time arriving at Blackfriars for the City in just over 30 minutes, or at Embankment Pier for transfer to another Clipper heading for Tower Pier, London Bridge,Canary Wharf, or Greenwich and Woolwich. Over 100 passengers took the morning trips from Putney, Wandsworth Riverside, Chelsea Harbour, and Cadogan Pier.

Richard Tracey talked to some of the passengers and he said: "They all seemed to enjoy the warm comfort of the catamaran boats and a number were sipping a coffee or hot chocolate they had bought on board. Various children were aboard and they liked the sleek boats cutting through the water as they passed Battersea Park and the rapidly rising developments at Nine Elms"

Richard has been one of the most energetic campaigners for 5 years for this fast service and the link with the Central and East London Clipper services. He said:
" We now look forward to the promised building of Battersea Plantation Wharf Pier by the end of 2013 and then Battersea Power Station Pier later in coming years. I pay tribute to the Wandsworth councillors and to my MP colleagues Justine Greening and Jane Ellison who have been up with me on the campaign to reach this stage."

Download the new timetable from the KPMG Thames Clippers website.

April 4, 2013