TfL announces seven-year investment in Thames travel

Transport of London (TfL) has announced it will be investing a further £10 million into promoting travel across the Thames.

Announced on Monday, the move aims to increase investment over the next seven years with a view to doubling passenger numbers, reports

Part of the plans include building three more riverside piers so passengers can access even more river-based transport services. The first pier in Battersea could be completed as early as next year, which could help commuters heading to function venues or offices across the capital.

Furthermore, contactless wave-and-pay tickets will be introduced to improve the efficiency of new and existing services, claims

Since Oyster cards were allowed as payment for river-based transport in 2009, the number of people heading to the Thames has steadily increased. For example, numbers have already risen from 5.3 million to 6.6 million today.

As a result, London Mayor Boris Johnson has made investing in river transport a priority.

He commented on the plans: “The Thames played a major part in the success of a momentous 2012 and I am determined to capitalise on these achievements and safeguard the river’s central role.

“That is why I have set a target to increase passenger journeys on the Thames to 12 million a year by 2020 and to maximise its potential,” he added.