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River services to accept Oyster

London Mayor Boris Johnson rides aboard a Thames Clipper from Tower Bridge to Greenwich
River services are a major part of the Olympic transport strategy

River services on the Thames in London are to accept the pay-as-you-go Oyster card, London's Mayor has announced.

Boris Johnson said that from November, passengers on the Thames Clipper service, used by 2.7 million people last year, can use the smartcard.

He also announced the start of a new Thames Clipper service from Canary Wharf to London Bridge and a £1.5m extension to Tower Pier.

The river should be a major part of the transport network, the mayor said.

Mr Johnson, who has persuaded interested parties to sign up to a "river concordat", said a full river service serving the Olympic Games would be in place for the summer of 2012.

Five million people use the river to commute every year

"With the right mixture of investment and imagination river services can become a truly integral, as well as an extremely pleasant part of the capital's transport network.

He added: "When the world comes to London I want visitors to be able to glory in the beauty of our great waterway as they whizz between the centre of the capital and Olympic venues at Greenwich."

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