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Uber to offer boat journeys with Thames Clippers

Boat journeys in London will soon be booked on the Uber app, following the partnership of the Thames Clippers commuter service being rebranded Uber Boat.

The partnership is expected to roll for at least three years giving Uber the naming rights to the fleet of 20 Clipper boats and piers from Putney to Woolwich Arsenal. 

"Many Londoners are looking for new ways to travel around the city, particularly when they start commuting back to work. Later this summer we will launch the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers in London as a means for people to arrange travel on the river and road, all through the Uber app." Jamie Heywood, Uber.
uber clipper boat design

The expansion into river travel is just one of the new diversifying deals for Uber to occupy through its app. Following the hard hit to business due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Uber revealed a quarterly loss of $2.9 billion. The US company having been through its ups and downs are also diversifying into the meals on wheels market, having acquiring Postmates just this week, a meal delivery company for $2.65 billion. 

Thames Clippers are a service that is used by 4.3 million people per year and are essentially adding a seamless uber app booking system to the list, which will deliver a QR code as their scanable ticket. Existing means of payment will still be valid, such as contactless and Oyster cards. 

"The new partnership sees Thames Clippers and Uber, who both pride themselves on safety, reliability and comfort, come together. It will allow us to link the two travel modes of river and road, providing Londoners and visitors with even more options to commute, visit, explore and enjoy our city by river." - Sean Collins, Thames Clippers.
Boats and Outboards Team
Published on 2020-07-09