Riverbus to rescue for local commuters
Published: Monday 28th October 13
River boat operator Thames Clippers saw a 36% increase in passengers during rush hour this morning as the St Jude storm caused havoc on the capital’s rail and tube services.
A full service with 100% punctuality was running on almost every route including the Putney to Blackfriars service which includes stops at Putney and Wandsworth Riverside Quarter in Battersea.
Conditions on the river did not impact the service and sufficient procedures were put in place to ensure the safe running of the fleet, with particular focus on the safety at piers.
The only pier that could not be served was London Bridge City due to the danger of loose glass panes on a neighbouring building.
Cllr Russell King, Wandsworth’s transport spokesman said:
“Congratulations to Thames Clipper for their superb service today. It’s hard to believe they ran 100 per cent to timetable in these conditions. For many people in Putney and Battersea they were the only way to get to work this morning.
“The Putney to Blackfriars service has really taken off in recent months and is much faster and more frequent than it used to be. It’s a great way to get across the city.”
Feedback from passengers was incredibly positive on social media -
“Skipped the train, got a boat instead. And it's probably the best commute I've ever had, thanks to @thamesclippers. #ukstorm” - Rob Morrissey@robmorrissey
“Three cheers to @thamesclippers who have been running their services through the high winds and murky waters of #LondonStorm today” - Mistress of Science @oksyComm
“What a treat. Taking @thamesclippers into work leading a day's training for @challengenetwork. The only transport running on time!” - Tim Palmer @TimDPalmer
“@thamesclippers great service as always today. What storm?” - Jennifer Braney @BraneyJen