Knott End to Fleetwood ferry is back on the Wyre EstuaryPublished Friday, 13 April 2018
Wyre Council and Lancashire County Council are pleased to announce that the Knott End to Fleetwood ferry is back up and running.
In January, Wyre Council announced that the ferry was to continue operating under a new contract and operator, following a full procurement process where satisfactory bids were received.
Wyre Council is delighted to state that the protracted negotiations were completed earlier this week and the service can now commence.
Wyre Council and Lancashire County Council working with Wyre Marine Services, who had successfully operated the ferry for over 11 years, will continue to operate the service to enable residents to travel across the Wyre Estuary from today.
Councillor Peter Murphy, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economic Development commented, “We’re pleased that this announcement could come following such uncertainty 12 months ago.
“It has been down to a great deal of work from officers at Wyre Council and Lancashire County Council, Wyre Marine Services and the backing of members that the ferry can continue to provide a vital service to residents and visitors to Wyre.”
Now, the new supplier will operate the ferry under an eight year contract, offering a year round, seven day a week service, similar to the previous service.
Lancashire County Council has agreed to contribute to the running of the ferry service on a 50:50 basis with Wyre Council for the first four years, after which it is hoped the ferry will be self-sustaining.
In addition, they will provide the ferry to the successful operator under a mortgage arrangement whereby the vessel will become the responsibility of the operator and its ownership transfers to them in full at the end of the eight year contract period.
County Councillor Keith Iddon, Lancashire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: "We've been working very closely with Wyre Council and operators to look at how we can continue to provide this service in a more efficient and cost-effective way.
"I'm very pleased that this hard work has paid off and the ferry is now back in the water to provide journeys year-round for residents and visitors."
Now that the ferry has passed its annual inspection and service from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the service is set to resume immediately.
To view the ferry timetables and find out more information visit www.wyre.gov.uk/ferry