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Deal struck to provide MBNA Thames Clippers service to £3.2bn London Resort in Swanscombe

PUBLISHED: 09:05 19 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:05 19 September 2017

Sean Collins, CEO of MBNA Thames Clippers, and Humphrey Percy, CEO of LRCH

Sean Collins, CEO of MBNA Thames Clippers, and Humphrey Percy, CEO of LRCH

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Bosses anticipate up to 10 per cent of the anticipated 15 million annual visitors will make use of the fast ferries

A deal to provide direct river bus services to the proposed entertainment resort on the Swanscombe Peninsula has been struck.

London Resort Company Holdings, the developers behind the planned £3.2bn theme park, has reached a memorandum of understanding with MBNA Thames Clippers, which last week successfully trialled a service from Gravesend into the capital.

Bosses anticipate up to 10 per cent of the anticipated 15 million annual visitors will make use of the fast ferries.

Details of the services will be finalised closer to the opening of the resort - currently scheduled for 2023 following a series of setbacks - but include linking the London Resort with Tilbury and Grays to south of the river and Central London, with an opportunity for MBNA Thames Clippers to deliver a Park and Ferry service from Tilbury docks.

Humphrey Percy, CEO of LRCH, said: “This agreement with MBNA Thames Clippers is a crucial part of our strategy to make as much use of the River Thames as we can in order to provide access to the London Resort away from local roads.

“It follows our recent agreement with the Port of Tilbury and is further proof of our commitment to enhance local access routes to and from north Kent.”

Sean Collins, CEO of MBNA Thames Clippers, added: “We want to transport as many visitors to the London Resort as possible to realise the huge benefits in terms of speed, comfort and frequency of travelling by river.

“Having recently agreed to run free test trials from Gravesend to offer journeys direct to central London in cooperation with Gravesham Council and seen overwhelming interest, we are delighted to play a crucial role in one of the biggest Global Entertainment Resort projects in the world, where the commuter and leisure market can be served by a first class ferry service.”

Ties were cut between developers and Paramount Pictures earlier this year, but chiefs insist the delay in submitting a planning application, which is now expected next year, was unrelated to the film studio’s departure.

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