Uber Boats offers Gravesend/Tilbury service in London this semester

For a few days later this month, Thames Clipper will offer a service from Tilbury and Gravesend to London, and back.

From Gravesend, the boat will take 40 minutes to reach the Greenwich Peninsula (North Greenwich Pier), or 60 minutes to London Bridge (London Bridge City Pier). The service leaves Gravesend and Tilbury at 9.45/10am and returns from London Bridge at 4pm. Tickets must be reserved in advance from here.

Unfortunately, there is no option for a day trip to Gravesend for Londoners.

It is however possible that the service will become something more regular, as Gravesham Borough Council has approved plans to sell Gravesend Pier to Thames Clippers.

The oldest cast iron pier in the world, it was purchased from its private owner by the council in 2000 but ended up in higher than expected costs when plans for the restaurant and pontoon for the pier fell into difficulty . The restaurant’s lease was canceled in 2019, giving the council the option of selling the pier to Thames Clippers. Terms of the sale include continued use of the pontoon by the Gravesend/Tilbury ferry service and public access to the pier.

If Thames Clipper plans to operate more services they will need more boats, and although not directly related, they happen to have ordered a few new boats.

The new boats are also a hybrid design which will allow the new vessels to run on battery power only in central London and charge while using biofuel power outside of central London.

The technology does not rely on shore charging; the new boats will use excess power from the biofuel-powered engines to recharge their batteries for the central section of London.

The two new boats, currently under construction at Wight Dockyard on the Isle of Wight, are due to arrive in Autumn 2022 and Spring 2023.

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