Liverpool Metro Mayor reveals plans for city’s first new ferry in decades
Proposals revealed today (January 25) could see a new state-of-the-art Mersey Ferry commissioned in Liverpool.
Steve Rotheram, Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor, said the proposal is a key element of the Mersey Ferries strategy, to be supported by approval of the Combined Authority budget next week.
Initial plans were prepared by naval architects. After a period of public consultation on the facilities for the new vessel, a tender process will get underway later this year.
The new ferry design will aim to provide more comfort and versatility. In addition to serving as a core element of Merseyside’s transport infrastructure, it could be used for events and river cruises, generating additional income and showcasing Liverpool’s skyline to new audiences.
Once the public consultation is over and a final design agreed, the new ferry could be in service before 2021.
Steve Rotheram said: “Ferries are such an important part of our identity. They have both a practical and an iconic value and will be a key element in our future transport and tourism strategies.
“This new ferry will be designed specifically for our needs and will ensure this ancient form of transport is relevant for the 21st Century.”
He added: “There will be ferries on the Mersey as long as there are Liver Birds on the Liver Building.”
The vessel would be Liverpool’s first new ferry in almost 60 years.
Merseytravel Chair Cllr Liam Robinson commented: “Our existing ferry fleet has given outstanding service to generations of commuters and visitors.
“They have been part of the scenery on the river, but if we are committed to the future of the ferry, now is the time to invest in a state-of-the-art vessel fit for the next 50 years.”