A conductor selling tickets on a Thames river bus - photograph

The Second World War disrupted much of London's regular transport service. Shortages of fuel and rubber contributed to the reduction in bus services. Bombing raids on the city further damaged the train and tram network. For six weeks in September and October in 1940, London Transport operated an alternative Thames river bus service. Boats were converted from their usual service as pleasure cruisers. The boat in this picture sailed between Woolwich and Westminster, taking in several stops. The service ran every 20 minutes. The man in uniform is the conductor. To help passengers whose regular services had been disrupted, boat conductors accepted railway season tickets and tickets from buses and trams.
Production Date:
14 Sep 1940
ID no:
Graphic Union/ News International Newspapers Ltd 1940

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