BBC: Hammersmith Bridge: Replacement ferry not ready until summer

From the BBC:

A long-awaited replacement ferry service to take passengers across the River Thames is unlikely to be operational before the summer...

...The ferry had been expected to have been in service by the spring. Transport for London (TfL) says requests have now been made for "additional time" by the ferry companies bidding for the contract.

Two companies, City Cruises and Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, have submitted "detailed bids". TfL added that it expected the service would run between 06:00 and 22:00 on weekdays, with shorter hours at weekends, and passengers would be charged £1.55 per ride.

Read the whole article on the BBC News website

Those who have watched the saga of the bridge unfold won't be surprised that the ferry is taking longer to appear than was first announced.

And of course, it's not a good substitute for the bridge. It will only run from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and people will have to pay £1.55 to use it.

No plans have yet been announced that explain where the ferry will dock on the north side of the river. This is fraught with difficulty, as has been mentioned several times on this site.

Posted on 24th February 2021

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