Public views sought ahead of new Mersey ferry commissioning

24 Aug 2018


Last Monday (20th August), a public consultation was launched into how Merseyside Ferries’ first new vessel in almost 60 years should look.

The pubic are being asked what facilities the ferry should have on board ahead of its commissioning. An independent consultancy are undertaking a programme of engagement speaking in person and over the phone with hundreds of customers, residents and visitors.

Current and potential ferry users are being encouraged to take part in a short online survey on the features and design of the new vessel. Click here to participate.

The consultation aims to gather views on the features and design of the ferry, which is said to represent the next steps in Mersey Ferries 20 year vision.

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.”

To participate in the survey click here.