Devon

Reopening of Dartmouth Lower Ferry delayed

  • 22 March 2013
  • From the section Devon
Dartmouth ferry sign
Image caption The service transports vehicles and foot passengers between Dartmouth and Kingswear

The reopening of a ferry service which links two parts of Devon has been delayed by one month.

The Dartmouth Lower Ferry has been out of service since January when a £1m slipway repair project began.

A delay in the delivery of materials and difficult ground conditions means the service will reopen at the end of April - a month later than scheduled.

The ferry transports vehicles and foot passengers between Dartmouth and Kingswear.

South Hams District Council is funding the work, which was expected to finish on 29 March.

Councillor Bill Hitchins said: "Engineers have encountered problems with driving the steel piles into the bed of the river on the Kingswear side.

"Underwater obstructions, thought to have been foundations of a much earlier structure, were found underneath the silt further out into the river than anticipated."

Mr Hitchins said he apologised to ferry customers and local businesses who relied on its trade.

The work is repairing significant corrosion to the crane rails and deterioration to the slipway.

The Dartmouth Higher Ferry, which also connects the two locations, is not affected.

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