A new river bus pier at Blackwall Yard

Our proposals include the creation of a new pier for the Thames river bus service at Blackwall Yard, in Poplar.
Published Wed 9 Dec 2020

Should proposals be agreed, the pier will be a new stop for the fast and frequent Thames Clippers service in East London.

As well as improving travel connections for the wider area, the new pier will be open to anyone to visit, walking out onto the water to enjoy panoramic views up and down the Thames. Subject to the necessary approvals, we envisage the pier construction to start at the same time as the wider development of the site, and for the new stop to be in operation by the summer of 2025.

Plans for the pier were first shared in February 2020, during consultation for our early designs and ideas for the redevelopment of the wider Blackwall Yard site.

These included opening up of this section of the Thames Path, which has been closed off to the public for over 30 years. This will make the entire waterfront at Blackwall Yard publicly accessible, allowing Londoners to enjoy the newly-landscaped graving dock, now a place for meeting, relaxation and play.

We are also exploring the possibility of a cross-river ferry service which would run from Blackwall Yard, offering passengers an easy crossing to the O2 Arena on the south side of the river.

The reimagined listed graving dock on the waterfront, as seen from a viewing platform within Blackwall Yard

Framed views over the Thames and O2 Arena from the proposed river bus pier

Lastly, in line with our approach to sustainable development, we have worked hard to ensure our plans are as environmentally-friendly as possible. We believe this service will make a real difference to reducing traffic congestion and parking issues, lowering carbon emissions, and enhancing air quality. This is particularly important in this area of East London where air pollution levels can be particularly high.

Take a look at our virtual exhibition room to read more about our proposals and take our 60-second online survey.