New boat service from Barking Riverside

A brand new way of getting to Canary Wharf is coming to East London next year.

A new £7.5 million Uber Boats by Thames Clipper pier will be built as part of the huge redevelopment of Barking Riverside.

The service will allow commuters to reach Canary Wharf within 35 minutes.

It will also link Barking riverside to Greenwich in 20 minutes and Woolwich in just six.

The pier is planned to open in Spring 2022.

There are already 23 Thames Clipper stops along the banks of the river.

The 168 square metre jetty will sit on the edge of a massive new development where over 10,000 new homes are set to be built.

The multi-million pound development has been dubbed ‘Barcelona-on-Thames’ by one councillor.

It will also include a new overground train station, extending the Gospel Oak to Barking line with 4.5km of track, and a £40 million wellbeing hub.

Construction of the pier, designed by Beckett Rankine and Anthony Carlile Architects, will begin next month.

The contract for building the pier has been awarded to McLaughlin and Harvey Ltd. 

Co-founder and CEO of Thames Clippers Sean Collins said: “The addition of a stunning new pier at Barking Riverside is an incredibly exciting milestone for Thames Clippers.

“It creates a new and unique gateway to the development and will allow residents to travel into the centre of the capital and beyond. 

“As our 24th and easternmost pier on the network it also extends our route by 4km and is a significant step in our commitment to expand yet further east and our target to operate a route that spans over 50km of the river by 2025.”

Vicky Savage, London managing director at L&Q and Barking Riverside board member, said: “We’re delighted to have successfully concluded these talks with Thames Clippers and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. The Thames Clippers service is such an enjoyable way to travel and see our beautiful capital city.”

“The introduction of this iconic riverboat service, alongside the new Barking Riverside Overground Station, will help connect local people in the borough to Central London and beyond, whilst drawing in visitors to see the great things this area has to offer. 

“Providing easier ways to travel, a game changer for the area, this will deliver important long-term benefits to Barking Riverside for years to come.”

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Alastair Lockhart

Local Democracy Reporter