Contactless payment boosts river bus service

Published: 27 May 2016

The council’s transport spokesman has welcomed the introduction of contactless bank card payments on the popular Thames Clippers river bus service.

Commuters who use river buses between Putney, Wandsworth, Battersea and central London can now pay for their journeys using a contactless bank card in exactly the same way they would use an Oyster card. 

Passengers using this new payment method are charged the same pay-as-you-go fare as those using Oyster cards. They simply need to touch in on the card reader with their contactless payment card or mobile device when boarding - and then touch out again at the end of their journey, or when changing boats.

Daily services run between Putney Bridge and Blackfriars and are proving increasingly popular with commuters.

The timetable sees ten boats leaving Putney between 6am and 9.50am calling at Wandsworth Riverside Quarter and Plantation Wharf in Battersea before heading onto Chelsea Harbour, Cadogan Pier, Embankment and Blackfriars.  Some services then continue onto London Bridge and Canary Wharf.

Return journeys for the commute home sail from Blackfriars between 4.37pm and 8.21pm.

The river bus service has recently benefited from significant investment.

Two large new state-of-the-art vessels have been 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

And a new £2.8m river pier was recently opened at Plantation Wharf offering residents in Battersea an alternative public transport service into central London and beyond.

Supporting Thames riverbus services is a central plank of Wandsworth Council’s travel choices campaign which sets out a blueprint for improving the range and quality of local transport provision.

Transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “The river bus service goes from strength to strength.

“This new convenient payment method, allied with the recent introduction of two new boats plus the opening of the pier at Plantation Wharf is really great news for public transport provision in the borough.”

For more information about London’s river bus services including fares, routes and timetables visit