Thames tour boat operator City Cruise has unveiled a new, 600 passenger vessel which is set to enter service next Spring.
The company says its new RiverLiner will be the largest vehicle to operate a scheduled service on the river and will come into operation in time for next year’s Olympic games.
Chairman Gary Beckwith said the 2012 Games “are providing a catalyst for expansion and enabled the company to commit to the development of the new vessel, which will allow us to deliver an inspiring experience on the River Thames for our passengers.”
The 37 metre-long vessels will be built in Croatia and will allow City Cruise to expand its Central London tour route which links the three World Heritage Sites of Westminster, the Tower of London and historic Maritime Greenwich.
The new RiverLiner will offer accessible toilets and a wheelchair lift to the upper deck as well as an induction loop system.
It will also incorporate a number of green features including solar panels to “continuously” recharge the batteries, onboard recycling facilities and energy efficient diesel engines.