Barking Riverside: What’s new with the Uber boat service?

Published:
01:07 PM March 7, 2022



Update:
10:55 a.m. March 8, 2022

New images of Barking Riverside Pier have been released as construction continues ahead of the service opening later this year.

The new pier – which will become the 24th stop on the Thames Clippers network – was given the green light in July 2020, ahead of work starting last summer.

When the expansion was announced, winter 2021 was the planned opening date.


The pier will become the most easterly stop of the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers network, which currently has 23 locations across London.
– Credit: Barking Riverside Limited

This has since been pushed back to Spring 2022; the latest from Barking Riverside Limited (BRL) is that the opening date will be “announced soon”.

With the new service well underway for the residents of Barking, the To post has the latest on where the build is up to.

Piling work is nearing completion on the new jetty and when completed will include seven such units that form the foundation of the pontoon.


New image of the Barking Riverside wharf service which will open in 2022

The brow and pontoon are currently under construction off-site in the Netherlands and will be brought by ship to Barking Riverside later this month.
– Credit: Barking Riverside Limited

Speaking of which, the construction by Ravestein BV of a sloping front and a 63m pontoon continues off-site in the Netherlands.

Both will be brought to the site by boat later this month via the North Sea; when installed, the angled brow will become the longest in the Thames Clipper network.

The Uber boat service – which will get people to Woolwich, Greenwich and Canary Wharf in six, 20 and 35 minutes respectively – will operate at peak times during the week and all day during the weekend.

It will also be suitable for dogs and bicycles.

BRL infrastructure director Louis Chau has previously described the transport opportunities presented by the River Thames as “one of the site’s greatest assets”.

Elsewhere, the new Barking Riverside Overground station is set to open in autumn 2022 after Covid-19 delayed opening plans late last year.

Speaking as work on the pier was about to begin, Mr Chau was excited about the opportunities offered by the two transport projects.

“This [the Barking Riverside pier] running alongside the completion of Overground station means Barking Riverside will be firmly on the map next year.”

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