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GALLERY: Sold out Thames Clipper commuter service from Gravesend to central London starts today

PUBLISHED: 13:44 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 13:45 11 September 2017

Thames Clippers trial from Gravesend

Thames Clippers trial from Gravesend

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The trial lasts until Thursday evening

The first boats in a new Thames commute trial set sail this morning, taking Gravesend passengers to central London.

From today, a four-day trial service from MBNA Thames Clippers is ferrying passengers from Gravesend Town Pier to the capital, with the hope the service could become a permanent option for city workers.

Having already sold out its 220-seat capacity, the free service will reach Canary Wharf in 48 minutes and Embankment in one hour and 10 minutes.

Return journeys will set off from 5.40pm this evening.

Samir Jassal, Gravesham council’s cabinet member for business development previously said: “MBNA Thames Clippers will offer many benefits that the train direct into London cannot.

“The vessel has on-board facilities such as an outdoor seated deck, toilets, a coffee bar and access to daily newspapers.

“If this trial is a success then we’d love to be able to work with MBNA Thames Clippers to offer this service continually.”

With this week’s service set up to gauge customer demand and need, a spokesperon from MBNA said it could take up to two years before a service could regularly run from Gravesend’s shoreline.

Sean Collins, chief executive officer, MBNA Thames Clippers, has said the company is looking at a permanent service, adding: “We are committed to growing the river bus network in London and further east throughout the port.

“We want as many commuters as possible to realise the huge benefits in terms of speed, comfort and frequency of travelling by river in London.”

Were you on board today’s service? Get in touch with your thoughts and comments on luke.may@archant.co.uk.

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