Uber to Launch River-taxi Service on the Thames this Summer

Online taxi hailing firm Uber is to launch a riverboat service on the River Thames later this summer in a new deal with London-based boat operator Thames Clippers.

Commuters and tourists to the capital city will see Thames Clipper boats and boarding piers rebranded as Uber Boat, and river travellers will be able to purchase tickets on the Uber App, as well as via existing ticket purchasing methods.

An alternative way to travel around London

The move comes as many Londoners and commuters are returning to work after a furloughed period and are looking for alternative ways to travel than by bus or train in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Thames Clippers fleet operates a river-taxi service that runs on the Thames throughout London with boarding points starting at Canary Wharf in the east, the London Eye in the centre of town, and Battersea Power Station in the west.  The Uber branded vessels will operate between Putney and Woolwich.

Uber’s Northern and Eastern Europe boss Jamie Heywood, commented: “Many Londoners are looking for new ways to travel around the city, particularly when they start commuting back to work.”

“Later this summer we will launch the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers in London as a means for people to arrange travel on the river and road, all through the Uber app.”

Linking road and river travel across the capital

Thames Clippers co-founder and chief executive Sean Collins said: “In our 22nd year of operation it is key that we continue to support London and its commuters with the ease of lockdown and return to work. The new partnership sees Thames Clippers and Uber, who both pride themselves on safety, reliability and comfort, come together.

“It will allow us to link the two travel modes of river and road, providing Londoners and visitors with even more options to commute, visit, explore and enjoy our city by river.”