Regular Thames Clipper Service To Run Between London And Kent

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 15 months ago
Regular Thames Clipper Service To Run Between London And Kent
A catamaran glides across murky waters
It could be two or three years before the London to Kent service becomes regular, but leisure cruises will run in the meantime. Image: Uber Boats by Thames Clippers

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.

An ornate white pier
Gravesend Town Pier is the world's oldest surviving cast iron pier. Image: Uber Boats by Thames Clippers

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.

Last Updated 22 November 2022

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