Paul Waugh from The Evening Standard blog said of the Thames' disappearance: "I can't for the life of me think what possessed the TfL people to consider this. Did they really think that Londoners are so stupid that they imagine the strip of blue is a new Tube line? Did they not have any feeling for the history of the beautiful Harry Beck design? Did they not stop to think that actually many Londoners divide the city into north and south of the river and therefore it is essential to any map?
Anyway, Bojo has saved the day. I'm told that he was amazed at what had been proposed while he was away and has now ordered that the Thames should be reinstated as soon as practicable. Apart from anything else, Boris wants to increase the river's role as a transport link with the Underground network."
At the moment there's nothing on TfL's website to confirm this. Although Boris Johnson has just Tweeted that it will be back. There's also no word as to whether the zones will return. But by all accounts by December the river will be back at a cost of £80,000.