Yoker/Renfrew Ferry Glasgow Reviews
Losing Another Bit Of Our Heritage Mar 09, 2010
At one point there used to be 5 or 6 ferries that crossed the upper stretches of the River Clyde, in Glasgow. Today only one remains and now though even it is to go, at the end of this month, as the local transport authority tries to save money.
Running from Renfrew on the south bank to Yoker in the north,this ferry link has been around for over 500 years. Moved to it's curent location over 200 years ago, as supposedly the local landowner paid for new boats and new slipways, so that the carts using it wouldn't be coming so close to his mansion.
It has adapted over the years to meet the needs of the public, and used to carry cars up until the mid 1980's. The opening of the Clyde tunnel in the 60's and the Erskine Bridge in the 70's saw demand fall and it became passenger only in 1984. The old ferry now sits upstream in Glasgow and is a floating club venue.
There are two boats to do the run, The Yoker Swan and The Renfrew Rose, and it is an on demand service, with the boat crossing to pick up anyone who is waiting on the other side. Easy done as it is reckoned to be one of the shortest ferry crossings in the world, with the distance being in the region of just 200m.
Still used by 150,000 passengers a year, it costs, £1-20 to cross on it (60p for children). A great short cut for those who rely on public transport to get across the river, as the detour round now will be at least miles.
Sceduled to close on the 31st of March, with the estimated saving of just £2.5m. Much hype about it being replaced with an amfibus, but the first trials at the beginging of February were unsuccessful.
Hard to see how the cost of purchasing these floating buses and the subsidy the operators will demand for providing the service will end up saving money.
In the meantime though another part of the River Clyde's heritage will be consigned to the dustbin of history. If your in or about Glasgow before the end of March it might just be worth the short trip. You get a nice pint at the Ferry Inn at Renfrew as well ;)
Part of the Glasgow - My Home Town travel blog
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