Commenting on Transport for London’s announcement of a rise in river passengers, London Assembly Labour Group Transport Spokesperson, Val Shawcross AM, said:
“Whilst the rise in passenger numbers on the Thames is very welcome, if the Mayor wants to achieve his aim of getting more people commuting on the river the key thing he needs to do is include river services in the Travelcard and Oyster card network.
“Currently it costs significantly more to commute by boat. An annual oyster travelcard not only costs less but gives flexibility over the route and mode of transport. Including river services in the wider transport network in a way which does not hit tourist boats would go a long way to getting more people on the river.
“Overall, without steps from the Mayor to make it more affordable, ordinary Londoners many will question how they could ever afford to regularly commute on the river.”