London Resort Company Holdings (LRCH) have today announced that they have reached an agreement with MBNA Thames Clippers to provide river bus services to the proposed London Resort on the Swanscombe Peninsula.
The Memorandum of Understanding between LRCH and MBNA Thames Clippers will see a direct river bus service to the London Resort provided along the River Thames. Whilst precise details of the services will be finalised closer to the opening of the Resort, it is anticipated that these will include linking the London Resort with Tilbury and Grays to south of the river and Central London with the opportunity for a park and ferry service from Tilbury Docks. It is expected that approximately 10% of visitors to the Resort will make use of the direct river bus services once in operation.
MBNA Thames Clippers already operate a number of services along the River Thames, with fast ferry services serving both commuter and leisure markets, including Putney in the West via Central London to Royal Woolwich Arsenal in the East, under licence from London River Services. Speaking about this latest announcement, 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.”
“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.”
This latest announcement follows the confirmation at the end of July that the final round of consultations for the entertainment resort have been pushed back to ‘early 2018’, with the proposed opening date also being pushed back to 2023.
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