A new River Bus service which links Battersea Power Station with the City of London and Canary Wharf has been hailed as a 'major milestone' as it opens to the public.

The service means the development is now within 15 minutes of Embankment Pier, 20 minutes of Blackfriars and City, and 40 minutes of Canary Wharf.

It marks an extension to the River Bus system on the River Thames this year and provides an additional route for residents and workers at Battersea Power Station and visitors of Circus West Village.

Operated by MBNA Thames Clippers, boats will run every 20 minutes during peak commuting hours and every 30 minutes off-peak and during weekends.

The new service launches tomorrow (Wednesday, November 1).

Simon Murphy, deputy chief executive of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “The launch of the River Bus service marks a major milestone for Battersea Power Station, offering a new means of travel to local residents and connecting Battersea to the rest of London.

“Whether you are using the River Bus for commuting or to get to your favourite events and exhibitions at key venues along the River Thames, it is now easier than ever to get around the capital from Battersea.

“There is also something quite special about setting off on your journey down the Thames against the backdrop of the iconic Power Station – what an incredible view to enjoy as you travel along the river.”

Restaurants have since been opened during the development at Battersea Power Station, with more bars, cafés, arts and events to arrive within the coming months.

Among the ones already open are Italian pizza restaurant Mother, The Battersea General Store, spin studio Boom Cycle and village pub No 29 Power Station.

Sean Collins, chief executive of MBNA Thames Clippers, said: “Battersea Power Station is the 22nd pier along our routes and the addition of this stop will support growing demand from people wishing to live, work and spend leisure time at this iconic location as the transformation takes shape. The River Bus service is going from strength to strength, with a growing number of people across the capital opting to travel by boat.

“Over 4 million passengers use our services every year and we expect Battersea Power Station to take travelling by river to a new level, helping prove that this is a popular destination in its own right and that it will become a must-do in London.”

For more information, visit: www.mbnathamesclippers.com