Chelsea Pensioners guests of honour at official pier launch

Published: Thursday 16th November 17

Leader of Wandsworth Council Ravi Govindia and Deputy Mayor of London for Transport, Val Shawcross welcomed 26 Chelsea Pensioners aboard for a trip to City Hall at the official celebration of the new Battersea Power Station River Bus pier today.

Cllr Govindia and the Mayor of Wandsworth Leslie McDonnell with Val Shawcross, Kamarul Ariffin Abdul Samad from SP Setia and the Chelsea Pensioners

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the pier, a party of Chelsea Pensioners joined Val Shawcross CBE, and members of the Battersea Power Station team aboard an MBNA Thames Clippers vessel travelling to London Bridge City, the nearest pier to City Hall.

The River Bus service, operated by MBNA Thames Clippers, brings Battersea Power Station within 20 minutes of the City and 40 minutes of Canary Wharf. Boats run every 20 minutes during peak commuting hours and every 30 minutes off-peak and at weekends.

The service provides an additional route for residents and workers at Battersea Power Station as well as the thousands of visitors to Circus West Village, the first phase of the regeneration to complete. Circus West Village is the home of several new restaurants, bars, cafes and a new arts and events venue, The Village Hall.

Cllr Govindia said:  “We are delighted that Wandsworth is now London’s best connected river borough giving people more transport choice than ever before. The opening of the pier is also yet another milestone in the regeneration of Nine Elms which is the great source of new jobs and homes in the country.” 

To mark the official opening of the new service, in partnership with MBNA Thames Clippers, Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC) has given Chelsea Pensioners unlimited complimentary trips on the River Bus service so they can enjoy journeying through London by boat.

Two large new state-of-the-art vessels were recently introduced on the Putney to Blackfriars route at a cost of £6.5m.  Each boat can each carry 150 passengers and are able to offer faster journeys to and from the city, as well as free wi-fi and an on-board snack and coffee shop

A new £2.8m river pier was recently opened at Plantation Wharf offering residents in this part of Battersea an alternative public transport service into central London and beyond

Tickets for the River Bus can be purchased online ( or at ticket machines at any pier. Oyster and contactless payment can be used to touch in and out at all piers along the route.

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