A regular boat service between London and Gravesend is expected to start running by 2024/5, after Uber Boat by Thames Clippers announced its purchase of Gravesend Town Pier.
Currently, Uber Boat by Thames Clippers operates at 24 piers in the capital, including Barking Riverside in east London, which it opened in spring 2022.
The boat service has already ventured to Tilbury and Gravesend since 2021, although this was only with select sailings. With the purchase of the pier in Gravesend, the long-term plan is to create a regular commuter service between Gravesend and London — although that could still be two to three years off.
In the meantime, Uber Boat by Thames Clippers says it'll run more leisure services between the capital and Kent, luring more people to the romance of river travel.
Gravesend Town Pier originally opened in 1834, and is the world's oldest surviving cast iron pier. Originally used for the docking of steam packets, it later serviced leisure cruises. Today, it's the pier from which the ferry to Tilbury departs.