London’s monetary employees can now get an Uber boat to work

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Uber will launch its first commuter boat service on the River Thames in London as city workers begin to weigh their travel options for their return to work.

The US hail shipping company will begin service with Thames Clippers this summer, the couple said in a July 8 statement. Uber users can book a river cruise through the app and board the boat with a QR code on their phones.

The Putney to Woolwich service will pass through 23 piers and stop at several of the busiest commuting spots in London’s financial district, including Canary Wharf, London Bridge, Bankside and Blackfriars.

Uber will acquire the naming rights for the Thames Clippers fleet of 20, but the services will continue to operate under Thames Clippers and will remain majority owned by AEG, the operator of the O2 arena.

In their joint announcement, the companies stressed that the boats will carry fewer commuters than the London Underground. After reducing capacity in response to Covid-19, the boats will now carry 0.85 passengers per square meter, compared to 1.3 on the metro. Social distancing measures have also been introduced, which include contactless payments, passenger masks and personal protective equipment for staff.

Last year, more than 4.3 million people used the boat service to commute and travel around London. The group expects more passengers in the coming months as there is more space and they can travel in the fresh air.

Jamie Heywood, Regional General Manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, Uber, said, “Londoners are looking for new ways to travel around the city, especially when commuting to work.” He said the partnership would enable the capital’s commuters to travel to work by water.

Sean Collins, Co-Founder and General Manager of Thames Clippers, said the partnership will “bring together the two modes of travel, river and road, and provide Londoners and visitors with even more opportunities to commute, visit, explore and enjoy our riverside city.”

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