Monday, September 30, 2013

Fireworks Party for the Putney River Bus

The Putney River Bus, for those not familiar with its joys, is by the far the best way to commute in all of London. You board the boat in green and pleasant Putney, and then with guaranteed seat and no traffic the high speed catamaran flies into central London with fab views on either side.

It's hard to believe that it was almost cancelled for good two years ago. As blogged here, the old service with classic motor boats lost the contract to Thames Clipper which decided to go to Vauxhall but no further.

The result was much gloom and a pressure group was formed to lobby for a replacement.

People power worked out and the high speed cats are now so popular, with passenger numbers up 130%, that there are increased number of sailings with direct boats to new destinations such as Canary Wharf.

In fact so successful has it become that Thames Clipper are throwing a fireworks party in Putney on Wednesday 2nd October at 21:00 to celebrate 50,000 passengers and "a successful 6 months" .

The fireworks will be on the river opposite Bishop's Park so anyone on Putney Bridge or Putney Embankment will have a grand view.

For those wanting one (or even two) things more, the Duke's Head will not only have great views but also live music in the form of "The Pirates" nautical band (no, I don't know what that means either) and an outdoor hog roast.

They even have a VIP boat moored nearby on the river with tickets available on request.

Alas I have work commitments so can't go tempting tho' it sounds.

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