Commuters return to Seacombe as Mersey Ferries refresh project is completed
Mersey Ferries services are making a welcome return to Seacombe, Wirral following a major upgrade of the ferry terminal that has welcomed passengers for hundreds of years.
Both Commuter and River Explorer Cruises returned to Seacombe this morning (Monday 17 October) for the first time since it closed for refurbishment in December 2020, and ahead of the opening of the Eureka! Science + Discovery next month.
As part of this multi million pound investment, both the 130-year-old linkspan bridges were replaced, signifying a major piece of engineering work which can be viewed online.
The landing stage has been refurbished, with the installation of new powered gangways to help people get on and off the ferry easily and safely as well as a contemporary ticket office area – integrating fully with the new Eureka! Science and Discovery attraction.
Following the successful completion of this project, attention now turns to Woodside Ferry Terminal, Wirral, which has closed for a similar upgrade closely linked to wider regeneration plans for the local area.
Improvement works at both ferry terminals are part of the Combined Authority’s plans to help make sure the iconic ferries can sail along the River Mersey for generations to come, helping passengers to cross the river quickly while taking in the best views of the Liverpool and Wirral waterfronts.
Cllr Liam Robinson, Transport and Air Quality portfolio holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority said:
“It’s been great to see so many of our loyal commuters returning to Seacombe this morning and we remain extremely grateful for the patience they have shown whilst this much-needed refresh took place and I’m sure they will be impressed with the work that has been done.
“Now that services are back at Seacombe, we can move on to Woodside and start the process of giving it a similar refurbishment that will support the on-going regeneration works in Birkenhead.
“Our commitment to the Mersey Ferries remains as strong as ever as they are an important part of our cultural identity in the city region. These works at both of our Wirral terminals will make sure the ferries can continue to operate from there for many years to come.”
New commuter ticket bundles for 3 and 5 days are available at Seacombe in a move to make it easier for passengers who may only be travelling for part of the week to use the ferries.
Passenger numbers on the Mersey Ferries have recovered strongly following a significant drop during the Covid pandemic.
The latest data suggests the number of people enjoying the ferries has risen to pre-pandemic levels, with significant further growth predicted over the coming years.