Thames boat journeys rose by two million last year

The number of journeys taken by boat on the Thames rose by two million in 2013 compared to 2012, showing it’s fast becoming a popular way for both tourists and commuters to travel around London.

According to standard.co.uk, last year a total of 8.5 million journeys were taken on the Thames and it’s likely that the huge boost in journeys were partly caused by a fantastic, long-lasting summer. Even commuters chose to take a sunnier route, as journeys made by those travelling to and from work rose by 20 per cent in 2013, compared to the previous year.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, aims to have 12 million passengers travelling by boat by 2020, reports londonlovesbusiness.com. To help achieve this figure, two new piers are being installed. One will be located at Battersea Power Station, the other will be at Plantation Wharf. Three central London piers will also be extended under the project.

This is good news for businesses located in and around central London, as the new piers could encourage even more tourists to take a trip around the capital, which could result in increased business for them.

Boris Johnson says that although the recent figures are good news, the city is looking to the future.

“The River Thames plays an integral role as both a key artery for commuters and a wonderful avenue for tourists too,” he stated. “That is why I am delighted that a record number of passengers used the river last year, benefiting from our clearer timetables and improved routes.”