Transport for London has announced it cannot confirm when the Woolwich Ferry service will resume.

The original date of the opening was December, yet the date has continued to be pushed back so that workers can continue "extensive trials".

Two new boats are set to replace the current fleet and make services more reliable and comfortable for customers, as well as improvements to the piers.

The new boats will use a high-tech mooring system which will be installed at Woolwich and North Woolwich piers.

They will be called the Ben Woollacott, after a former deckhand who died working on the ferry, and the Dame Vera Lynn, after the legendary singer from east London.

However, it is not known when the service will resume.

David Fisher, head of London river services at TfL, said: “We’re sorry that the launch of the new Woolwich ferries is taking longer than expected.

"We are undertaking extensive trials of the newer and less polluting ferries and docks to ensure they are ready for service and this has taken longer than anticipated.

"We will launch the new ferries in February subject to the completion of these trials.

“The Woolwich Ferry will have modern engines that produce fewer emissions and less noise when operating, as well as improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists and easier boarding."

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