London river transport

23 June 2006  •  Author(s): ET

Water transport on the river Thames in London, UK, is currently enjoying a renaissance. More frequent services, a new real-time passenger information system and a guaranteed seat are just some of the features that are winning the favour of commuters. Christian Shelton reports.

The group responsible for developing, co-ordinating and promoting passenger services on the river Thames is London River Services (LRS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London (TfL). LRS is actually a pier owner. It does not own or operate any boats itself. Instead, it licenses the services of boat operators and covers the cost of its day-to-day operations primarily by charging the boat operators for access to its piers.

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