“There’s also going to be a refurbishment of the landing stage pontoon and booms. When they were originally installed twenty years ago, the plan was always to get to this initial point and carry out a major revamp to take it through the next twenty years.”
New hydraulic gangways will be installed on the landing stage, replacing the manual ones. And the original fog bell, which is still operational, will be restored.
Gareth said: “The current gangways aren’t the originals (they were installed in 1970) but the principle is the same as when the linkspan bridges were first installed. We’re looking at whether we can keep one of them maybe as an ‘historical’ piece, but we’ll also need them both for spare parts for the gangways at Woodside.”
Services are currently being re-routed to Woodside while the Seacombe Ferry Terminal work takes place.