New high-tech Uber boats will soon ferry London commuters to these boroughs

New high-tech and eco-friendly boats could soon be coming to East London for commuters travelling the Thames.

The newly-unveiled Uber Boats will be battery-powered craft connecting Tower Hamlets to South and Central London.

Uber Boats by Thames Clipper already runs services along the River Thames, with piers based throughout the capital from Battersea to the Isle of Dogs.

More docks are planned for East London, including one as part of the Barking Riverside development and another in Blackwall.

Two new cutting-edge hybrid boats are planned to be more sustainable than other polluting boats on the Thames.

Batteries are designed to be recharged by the boat’s bio-fuelled engine while on the move.

The new rivercraft are planned to be on the Thames by autumn this year and will connect residents in Tower Hamlets to the pier at Battersea Power Station.

Some Tower Hamlets residents welcomed the news on social media, with one saying: “A step in the right direction finally.

“Once built they would be the only clippers that could visit the approved Blackwall jetty.”

However, another added the new boats were: “So expensive though!”

Sean Collins, CEO and co-founder of Uber Boats said that the new boats would be a great boost to London’s transport.

He said: “After the challenges of the last two years that Covid has set upon businesses, in particular in the transport sector, I’m extremely excited to be increasing our capacity to meet the demands of our customers and partners.

“For over 20 years we have been at the forefront of innovation for the river marine sector.

“We are committed to supporting the sustainable growth, infrastructure and economic development on and around the river to endorse the river’s importance to London as a form of transport.”

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