The New Millennium Experience company hopes that more than one million visitors to the Millennium Dome will get there by boat - courtesy of new services it has helped develop with the Cross River Partnership, comprising four London boroughs.
New unsubsidised services will carrying 500 people a time from the Millennium Wheel by County Hall, via Blackfriars, and arriving at a new pier at the Dome. Shuttles between Cutty Sark pier and the Dome will cater for up to 60 passengers, while 'hopper' services from Central London will link up to 10 piers at key attractions and transport interchanges.
Dome riverboat services from central London will run at 30-minute intervals (15-minute at peak times), and will take about 45 minutes to complete the journey.
Of the 12 million visitors expected to visit the Dome, 8 per cent are expected to arrive by boat, compared with 36 per cent by Underground, 28 per cent park-and-ride, and 13 per cent by coach.
Only 1 per cent of Dome visitors are expected to arrive by car - the disabled. The same number are expected to walk or use a bike. Some 4 per cent will arrive by taxi - known as kiss-and-ride.
Thirteen new Thames piers are planned at a cost of £21. The first to be built will be at the Tate Bankside gallery. New piers are planned for Waterloo, Blackfriars and Westminster.