New London City Airport riverboat pier under construction

Work has begun on a new construction project at London City Airport.

The east London’s Royal Wharf development plans to build a new pier which is set to open later in 2019. The terminal, which currently serves 130m passengers, will feature a new pier which will be operated by riverboat MBNA Thames Clippers. London City Airport is easily accessible via a 20 minute walk, seven minute DLR ride or five minute drive making it perfectly situated for those opting to use the riverboat service

The structure, designed by London-based architects Nex, will feature a 162 sqm viewing platform which separates a public promenade from the floating gangway and pontoon of the terminal. You will be able to wait in a shelter on the pontoon timber island, which will come fully equipped with furniture and other displays enclosed in a metal shell. Nex describes the facilities as a “playful and contemporary response” to the traditional pier design.

John Mulryan, Group Managing Director at Ballymore, said:
“Major new infrastructure like our Royal Wharf pier is a game-changer for east London’s connectivity – for north to south of the river, and into central London. Non-road travel is an essential part of the sustainability and growth of London’s commuter network, and this pier will soon be a part of that.
“Nex has done an incredible job on the design, which we reveal in further detail today. Now that construction is underway, the vision is one step closer to being realised.”

MBNA Thames Clippers boats carried 4.1 million passengers in 2017 and currently run at scheduled 20-minute intervals between 22 main London piers including like likes of; The O2, Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Tower, London Bridge City, Westminster and London Eye for Waterloo. The route also features residential stops & payment can be made via Oyster card or contactless.

Sean Collins, Chief Executive Officer at MBNA Thames Clippers, said:
“MBNA Thames Clippers welcomes the start of construction for the new Royal Wharf Pier enhancing our collaboration with Ballymore, which has been ongoing for many years.
“This is a significant milestone in our company’s network of piers across its 25km route, with Royal Wharf currently being our furthest pier east on the north bank of the Thames, servicing this fantastic riverside development. Residents will have the opportunity to enjoy water transport, with connections to Central London and as far west as Putney via Battersea.”

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London City Airport pier

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