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Posted: 31 Oct 2017

Travel to Battersea is going to be a breeze with us


London’s river transport network is expanding with the addition of Battersea Power Station to the MBNA Thames Clippers route. From tomorrow – 1 November 2017 – the River Bus service will provide a new direct route to and from central London for residents, workers and visitors in the area.

The new service will see journey times of 15 minutes from Battersea Power Station to Embankment for Central London. Boats will run every 20 minutes weekday mornings and evenings and every 30 minutes during the day and at weekends.

This addition to the route marks another major milestone in the regeneration of Battersea Power Station and comes hot on the heels of MBNA Thames Clippers introducing two new boats to the network earlier this summer. Mercury Clipper and Jupiter Clipper, a further £6.3 million investment, were built on the Isle of Wight and take the fleet to 17 boats carrying up to 20,000 passengers a day. This growth has been made possible thanks to the investment from partner MBNA since 2014.  

Sean Collins, CEO of MBNA Thames Clippers, said:

“We’re incredibly excited to be adding Battersea Power Station Pier to our route. It’s such an iconic London landmark and with the current transformation really taking shape it’s set to become a real destination hub in the city.

“This marks the 22nd pier along the MBNA Thames Clippers route and at such a key location it’ll be of real benefit to the already 4 million passengers who use our services. This addition to the route is set to see that figure grow considerably and strongly supports the Port of London’s Thames Vision goal of reaching 20 million commuter and visitor trips each year.”

Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said:

“The launch of the River Bus service marks a major milestone for Battersea Power Station which is quickly becoming one of the best-connected developments in London. Whether you are using the river bus for commuting or to get to your favourite events and exhibitions at key venues along the River Thames, it is now easier than ever to get around the capital from Battersea.

“There is also something quite special about setting off on your journey down the Thames against the backdrop of the Power Station, and we hope that people will enjoy the view as they sail off down the river.”

The regeneration of Battersea Power Station continues to gain momentum this year with the first residents having already moved into Circus West and the opening of several new restaurants, bars and cafes this summer at Circus West Village. These include The Battersea General Store, village pub No. 29 Power Station West, Italian pizza restaurant Mother from Copenhagen’s meatpacking district, seafood restaurant Wright Brothers and Italian restaurant Fiume. Also set to open are hair and beauty salon Paul Edmonds and spin studio Boom Cycle. A new arts and community events space, The Village Hall, also opened this year as part of Battersea Power Station’s Cultural Strategy.

Fun facts:

  • Each week MBNA Thames Clippers boats travel the equivalent of Lands End to John o’ Groats more than 13 times
  • MBNA Thames Clippers boats travel at almost five times the speed of average central London main road traffic
  • At 35m long each boat is longer than two double decker London buses
  • With 2,766 seats across the fleet of 17 boats, that’s more than the London Palladium
  • In peak periods the MBNA Thames Clippers fleet carries enough passengers to fill The O2 Arena every day, or fill the Coca Cola London Eye 25 times
  • Over 182,000 coffees are served on-board each year – enough for all 150 members of Justin Bieber’s entourage to have three cups every day of the year

MBNA Thames Clippers is London’s leading river boat service, connecting many of the capital’s top attractions and providing passengers with the chance to take in the iconic London skyline from the river along the way.

About Battersea Power Station

  • Battersea Power Station is one of central London’s largest, most visionary and eagerly anticipated new town centres in which roughly half the development will be comprised of shops, restaurants and office space. In addition, there will be a six-acre public park, a town square and a new tube station (scheduled to be within Zone 1).
  • The Battersea Power Station project covers 42 acres and includes 3.5m sq ft of mixed commercial space, together with 4,364 new homes.
  • The successful regeneration of Battersea Power Station will create 20,000 new jobs, inject £20bn into the UK economy and create a funding mechanism for the first major tube line extension since the Millennium. A new NHS medical facility is also being built.
  • The Battersea Power Station Foundation supports local charities and community projects. Over £3.3m has been awarded since it launched in 2016; on average, £207,000 is granted per month and the largest grant awarded was to Battersea Arts Centre for £305,000.
  • Circus West Village is the neighbourhood centre for the first part of the development. It opened to the public in Spring 2017 and since then more than 350,000 people have visited to enjoy the ongoing programme of events and the new shops and restaurants.
  • Residents started to move in to Circus West early in 2017 and continue to do so. The Village Hall, a new performance space, has opened at Circus West Village and a new MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus service will run from November 2017.
  • The Battersea Academy of Skills Excellence (BASE), the development company’s bespoke jobs and training service created for those living locally, was launched in 2016.  It is focused on matching people with jobs at Battersea as well as providing training relevant to the job pipeline at the development.
  • Battersea Power Station is owned by a consortium of Malaysian investors comprised of Sime Darby, S P Setia and the Employees’ Provident Fund. Management of the development is being undertaken by the British-based Battersea Power Station Development Company.