New Pier at St George Wharf
St George PLC Media Release
Multi award winning property developer St George PLC and Mayor of London Boris Johnson officially opened a £1.7 million floating passenger pier and new river transport service at St George Wharf in South West London on Wednesday 14th September, a major new development which supports the Mayor's vision of increasing pier capacity on the Thames by 20 per cent.
Located on the front of St George Wharf, the award winning development near to Vauxhall, River Bus operator Thames Clippers will provide the pier with a new high speed river service west of Waterloo, opening the West of the River Thames to nearby residents and the wider public for the first time in two decades.
The service ‘Tate to Tate & Service West’ - will run from 3rd October every 40 minutes seven days a week from St George Wharf and will take commuters and visitors into central London, the City and Canary Wharf.
St George PLC worked in partnership with the Greater London Authority, Transport for London, Lambeth Council, the Port of London Authority and Thames Clippers to help provide this vital piece of new transport infrastructure for Vauxhall, Lambeth and South London. The pier has been designed by Beckett Rankine.
The Mayor is committed to improving river services and believes that, with partnerships such as this, the pier capacity on the Thames could be increased by 20 per cent, opening up the river to half a million more users by the end of 2012. This includes bigger piers in the central section and new piers such as the St George Wharf pier in the outer London sections of the river.
New piers in outer regions of the Thames, especially in growth areas such as Nine Elms, Woolwich Arsenal and Barking Riverside, are key to opening up the river for commuter travel and the Mayor welcomes private investment such as this partnership with St George. The Mayor aims to increase capacity in the central London region of the Thames which runs between Millbank and Tower Bridge, by lengthening existing piers to ease congestion and creating a more frequent and reliable service. An extension to Tower Pier is being delivered by TfL in time for the 2012 Games, which will add an extra 25% capacity to one of London’s most popular passenger piers.