[EDIT] It didn’t open as hoped at end of September. New trial opening put at 7th October. Full service hopefully end of October.
A new pier for Thames Clipper services will see boats stopping at Royal Wharf when it opens at the end of September.
The £5.7 million new pier will serve a development of 3,385 homes at Royal Wharf plus other developments in the area including adjacent 800-home Deanston Wharf.
Commencement of services will help with crowding on the DLR. Pontoon Dock station has seen huge levels of growth in recent years with a 300% increase per month since 2017 from 70,000 to over 200,000.
Still, it all helps as many homes on the development are yet to be occupied thus DLR usership looks set to continue rising for some time yet and Crossrail delays continue. It’s also welcome to see the Thames increasingly used which has been underutilised for a long time.
It’s perhaps not as good news for those in Woolwich. A new stop will increase passenger numbers on boats heading to the Royal Arsenal pier and slow down journeys.
Many more homes also continue to rise around Woolwich near the pier including towers on the former Waterfront car park.
Royal Wharf pier is the first in a number of planned piers along this stretch of the Thames east of Canary Wharf including Charlton which will serve the 7,500-home Charlton Riverside housing scheme and another pier on the west side of Greenwich Peninsula as covered on this site back in 2017 when plans were submitted. Morden Wharf and other developments will benefit.
In time these new stops will slow down Woolwich trips a fair amount which raises the question of whether an additional semi-fast service would be launched.
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