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Passengers on the increasingly popular riverbus service between Putney and Blackfriars via Chelsea Harbour could soon enjoy a better journey after it emerged that the operators are planning to launch a brand new boat on the route next year.

Thames Clippers has already seen passenger numbers increase by more than 130% since it re-launched its Putney service in April 2013.

As demand has increased, more services have been added to the timetable with some boats now travelling direct to Canary Wharf.

Journey times from Putney to central London are now just over 40 minutes - around 35 from Chelsea Harbour on the Fulham/Chelsea border and unlike other public transport options, the boats have coffee shops on-board and free wi-fi.

The company will be investing in a range of enhancements to its service – thought to include a new 150 seat boat for the RB6 Putney to Blackfriars route.

A new commercial tie in between the company and credit card provider MBNA means additional funds will be available to fund new investment.

Sean Collins, Co-founder and CEO of Thames Clippers says: " In our fifteenth year of serving London’s commuters and visitors I’m delighted we have a new organisation on board. The relationship with MBNA will help Thames Clippers expand our service by growing our fleet and ensure we contribute to the Mayor’s ambitious passenger growth targets for the Thames."

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September 12, 2014