New Mersey Ferry: public views sought on design and features

Tue, August 21st, 2018

Ahead of the commissioning of the first new ferry in nearly 60 years, Mersey...

Ahead of the commissioning of the first new ferry in nearly 60 years, Mersey Ferries are looking to hear from the public about how it should look and what facilities it should have on board.

Monday 20th August will see the launch of the consultation which will run for three weeks.

An independent consultancy have been appointed to undertake a programme of engagement, speaking in person and over the phone with hundreds of customers, local residents and visitors – as well as key groups and individuals in the region, including Friends of the Ferries and the Ferries Heritage Group.

Current and potential ferry users are also being encouraged to take part in a short online survey on the possible features and design of the new vessel. The questionnaire can be found at https://smartsurvey.co.uk/s/merseyferries2018.
The commissioning of a new ferry represents the next step in a 20-year vision for the Mersey Ferries.

The strategy centres on reducing the cost of the Mersey Ferries to the public purse, while exploring the commercial opportunities they present as leisure craft and visitor attractions, ensuring that the service is sustainable for future generations to enjoy.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region, said:

“The ferry on the Mersey is an iconic symbol of our City Region, but the current fleet is sorely in need of an upgrade. The boats crossing the river today are actually older than the Gerry and the Pacemakers song that bear their name. That’s why we’re commissioning a new ferry, expected to go into service in 2021.

"But before building begins, we’re asking people how they want the new vessels to look and what facilities they should have. The Mersey Ferries are a source of real pride for people in the City Region, and we want to make sure that the next generation are as beloved as the last.”

Cllr Liam Robinson, Transport Portfolio holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said:

“A new ferry is a significant investment, so it’s important to get this right. And who better to inform the decision-making on this project than the residents and visitors using the ferries. Ultimately, our aim is that the new vessel should be more cost effective to operate as well as delivering an excellent and reliable service which will support jobs and growth in the City Region.”

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