Water bus service might ease Sandbanks ferry woes


THE concept of a water bus service appears set to be mooted in a bid to ease the pressure of native companies affected by the present Sandbanks chain ferry outage.

Former Bournemouth Borough Council ward councillor Phil Stanley-Watts says he might be elevating the problem in a public query at subsequent month’s assembly of BCP Council.

Mr Stanley-Watts mentioned he had supported the concept of a water bus greater than a decade in the past when councillors have been selecting between a marina and a surf reef at Boscombe.

He added: “We supported the marina and likewise a water bus service that might go off Boscombe Pier to be built-in with different areas together with Poole and Studland.”

Final week the Echo reported how companies and residents either side of the chain ferry crossing have been fuming on the newest in a string of service suspensions.

The Bournemouth-Swanage Motor Street and Ferry Firm, which operates the service throughout the doorway to Poole Harbour, suspended ferry providers on July 12 following a fracture of one of many vessel’s foremost drive shafts.

Day later it was revealed the service can be out of motion till at the least October.

This follows a prolonged service suspension after mechanical issues final 12 months.

Mr Stanley-Watts mentioned: “With the ferry being out, lots of people are upset and companies are dropping out. I believe there needs to be competitors.

“Our proposal was for commuters and vacation makers to have an built-in water bus service. The surf reef was chosen as an alternative, which was a catastrophe in itself.

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“Even in these days, it was getting a bit congested.

“It is among the worst areas for site visitors congestion, it wants one thing like that.

“It could be environmentally pleasant and utilizing the waterways can be the most effective answer.”

A Bournemouth-Swanage Motor Street and Ferry Firm assertion mentioned: “We sincerely apologise to all our valued clients for this inconvenience and wish to thank all our contractors, surveyors and our naval architects, who’re all working extremely laborious to return us to service as shortly as potential.”

Again in 2007 the concept of a water taxi service was put ahead to assist ease congested roads between Poole and Bournemouth.


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