16 July 2020

Uber Partners With Thames Clippers To Launch “Uber Boat” Service In London

Ever wanted to book a boat with a simple tap on a smartphone? With the upcoming Uber Boat service, this will soon be possible.

London has been gradually emerging from lockdown over the past few weeks. However, major rail and bus services are now only operating at a much reduced capacity compared to pre-Covid times. The city has been desperately searching for alternative ways for people to commute to work. This is to allow people to travel without overwhelming the city’s road network.

Thames Clippers; a commuter ferry service that runs along the city’s river; has been looking to attract more people onto its boats as an alternative to road travel.

The company has entered a partnership with Uber. This will see the company’s fleet of ferries being rebranded as “Uber Boat”. Under this new partnership, anybody with the Uber app will be able to book a seat on the ferry in the same way they would book a taxi. However, the ferries will remain running on a fixed schedule, and only at 23 selected Uber-branded ferry piers.

When Will The Partnership Begin?

The partnership is expected to commence later this summer, and will last for 3 years. Currently, there will be no option to book both a ferry and taxi together for one continuous journey. However, taxi-ferry integration is likely to be implemented in the future.

Sean Collins, Thames Clippers co-founder and CEO, said: “In our 22nd year of operation it is key that we continue to support London and its commuters with the ease of lockdown and return to work.”

“The new partnership sees Thames Clippers and Uber, who both pride themselves on safety, reliability and comfort, come together. It will allow us to link the two travel modes of river and road, providing Londoners and visitors with even more options to commute, visit, explore and enjoy our city by river. Watch this space; the partnership will support the ongoing expansion of our network, opening up more of London to fast, reliable journeys by water.”

Jamie Heywood, Regional Manager for Uber Northern and Eastern Europe, said: “Londoners are looking for new ways to travel around the city, particularly when they start commuting back to work. Later this summer we will launch the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers partnership in London as a means for people to travel into the City by water, which will be fully integrated through the Uber app.”

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