November 17, 2017
Deputy Mayor of London for Transport, Val Shawcross CBE, and Cllr Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, welcomed 26 Chelsea Pensioners aboard for a trip to City Hall at the official celebration of the new Battersea Power Station River Bus pier yesterday.
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 15 minutes of Embankment for the West End, 19 minutes of Blackfriars for 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 project to complete. Circus West Village is the home of several new restaurants, bars, shops, cafes and a new arts and events venue, The Village Hall.
Cllr Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, 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.
Tickets for the River Bus can be purchased online (mbnathamesclippers.com) 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.