A new pier has opened at Battersea on MBNA Thames Clippers' Putney to Blackfriars commuter route.

Plantation Wharf brings the number of river bus piers on the tidal Thames to 20. Among the vessels using the pier will be the company's two new vessels - Galaxy Clipper and Neptune Clipper, launched recently as reported by River Thames News.

The £2.8 million structure will be used on the RB6 route which has already seen a 40% increase in passenger journeys in the last 12 months.

Sean Collins, CEO and Co-founder, MBNA Thames Clippers said:" These are exciting times for us and this significant investment into our service between Putney and central London and into London’s river travel infrastructure as a whole is one we plan to continue to grow.”

Richard Tracey, the Mayor of London's River Ambassador and Assembly Member for Wandsworth, added:
"This is a most exciting further advance for the western section of the river including many more people in Battersea. I am so pleased with what we have achieved jointly over the Boris Johnson Mayoralty."

Councillor Jonathan Cook, transport spokesman for Wandsworth Council, said: “It’s fantastic to see Wandsworth’s third passenger pier open for business. It won’t be too long before more are built giving even more of our residents access to MBNA Thames Clippers’ commuter service.”

Jane Ellison MP for Battersea said, “Local residents have really been looking forward to this new pier opening and I know it will be a real boon to Battersea commuters. The river is important to this constituency and it’s great that more people will have the opportunity to use MBNA Thames Clippers to make the most of it.”

Galaxy Clipper and Neptune Clipper are the most technically advanced and energy efficient river and harbour fast ferries in the world. They have been designed to accommodate the unique tidal conditions of the River Thames and can cope with its low and high tidal conditions, allowing it to navigate its shallow reaches and pass under London’s sometimes low bridges.

In 2014 alone, Thames Clippers passenger numbers increased by half a million to 3.8 million. In 2016 the service is projected to carry in excess of 4.3 million commuters and visitors on the river.

TfL recently installed pay-as-you-go Oyster readers across all piers served by Thames Clippers river bus services. In the summer of 2016, TfL will add contactless payment for the river bus service.

Story dated: November 12th 2015