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A Very Civilised Commute

Published: 03/11/2017

Credit Source: Wandsworth Council-,592L7,G70I7D,K8CMB,1

People living in Battersea who need to commute into central London and the City can now take to the waves and catch the river bus into town from a brand new pier at Battersea Power Station.

The new Thames river bus service which began yesterday (Wednesday) means a 15 minute journey time from Battersea to the West End, 20 minutes to Blackfriars and just 40 minutes to Canary Wharf.

Operated by MBNA Thames Clippers, the river bus runs to and from the power station every 20 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes off-peak and at weekends.

The service provides an additional travel choice for residents and workers at Battersea Power Station as well as visitors to Circus West Village, the first completed phase of the power station’s regeneration and home to restaurants, bars, cafes and a new arts and events venue.

Over £1 million has been invested by Battersea Power Station to support this new river bus service.

The new route joins existing MBNA Thames Clippers services to and from Wandsworth’s riverside.  Daily services already run between Putney Bridge, Blackfriars and Canary Wharf and are proving increasingly popular with commuters, who can either use Oyster cards or a contactless bank card to pay their fares.

MBNA Thames Clippers has also invested significant sums in providing new boats on its routes.

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.

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