Bristol

Reprieve for Hotwells to city centre commuter ferry

A ferry service in Bristol has been saved after a new operator was found to run part of the route.

Bristol Ferry Company, which operates the Hotwells to city centre route, said it would stop running the commuter service from the end of this week.

The £38,000 council-subsidised service will now be operated by Number Seven Boat Trips.

A Bristol City Council spokesman said no decision had yet been made on the city centre to Temple Meads route.

'Long term prospects'

"We need to keep the commuter ferry service up and running. It has great potential, but it needs hard work to reduce costs and up patronage.

"Number Seven have come to us prepared to put in that work and we are happy to welcome them.

"We are exploring with other operators long term prospects for services to Temple Meads and beyond and will be having discussions with the station to improve the signage."

The new service will charge £1.20 for a single and £2.40 for a return, or a round trip, with commuters taking precedence at busy periods.

Bristol Ferry Company will continue to run leisure trips around the harbour.

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