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Oysters propel river travel

PUBLISHED: 11:30 09 April 2009 | UPDATED: 16:30 25 August 2010

RIVER services are to be made cheaper and more accessible by the introduction of Oyster card readers.

RIVER services are to be made cheaper and more accessible by the introduction of Oyster card readers.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced this week that riverboat services will be made Oyster card compatible by November.

A London Bridge to Canary Wharf service was also promised together with a £1.5 million extension of Tower Pier by 2011 to relieve congestion.

London Mayor Boris Johnson said: "When the world comes to London I want visitors to be able to glory in the beauty of our great waterway."

The Oyster card readers will allow passengers using pay-as-you-go to get cheaper fares. But Mr Johnson's announcement did not satisfy Greenwich council, which launched a campaign last month calling for larger riverboat subsidies and 10-minute walk-on services.

Chris Roberts, leader of Greenwich council, said: "We need the Mayor to reassure us that his encouraging words about using the river in 2012 are not going to be an excuse to mothball the Woolwich service during the interim."

The ten-minute London Bridge to Canary Wharf commuter service was launched on Monday.

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