Saturday, 17 October 2009

Cat Dies Due To Lack of Cash

Lack of cash sinks council's Tor Bay fast ferry plan
From the Herald Express
Saturday, October 17, 2009, 07:00

PLANS for a fast ferry service across Tor Bay have been put on the back burner by the cash-strapped council which now says it is not a priority.

Proposals were unveiled in 2007 for the half-hourly sea shuttle service between Torquay and Brixham.

Bus operator Stagecoach trialled the passenger service last summer, and said more than 30,000 used the catamaran in a month.

But the scheme could cost £5million, including improvements to the jetty at both ends and the cost of the boat itself.

Torbay deputy mayor Cllr Chris Lewis said the scheme was not on the council's priority list and informal approach was recently made to the Regional Development Agency for cash backing but the answer was no.

So everyone will have to either catch the Western Lady (30mins, ten times a day) or the number 12 (40mins, 98 times a day)


Nathan Thorn said...

The independent ferry companies will love this...
Stagecoach won't do though, and no doubt will be peed with the council!

How can it not be a priority?

If that's not a priority the COUNCIL should pay for 5 buses to counteract the fact that we won't be getting the Brooks tridents anymore!!

Lord Hutton said...

Still looking for funding. Just the pontoons. Stagecoach can do the rest

Lord Hutton said...

The boat is doing Ilfracombe-Swansea, apparently