Windermere car ferry at risk?

A parish council is concerned the car ferry over Windermere is at risk.

Claife Parish councillors worry maintenance periods of three to four weeks between Easter and the Spring Bank Holiday will put the service in financial jeopardy.

Residents 'have lost faith' in Windermere Ferry

Windermere Ferry Credit: ITV News

Anne Brodie, Claife Parish Council: "Local residents have lost faith in the ferry: it's not reliable, they don't know whether it's coming or going and it's breaking too often. Once every five years to overhaul the ferry is not sufficient - no bus company or train company would do that.

"They wouldn't be allowed to get away with it. There's no signs communicating with the general public about whether the ferry's running or not. And our means of communicating all these points have been lost to us because the County Council has chosen to axe the forum that we communicated in."

Cllr Anne Brodie, Claife Parish Council Credit: ITV News

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Council 'committed' to Windermere Ferry

Cumbria County Council say the work to the Windermere Ferry will widen the loading bay which will improve accessibility for vehicles.

“Every five years the Windermere Ferry receives a major service, which includes a repaint and a full electrical and mechanical overhaul, with the replacement of any worn parts.

"The ferry is to receive its five-year service this year after Easter, which we hope will address any reliability issues raised by Claife Parish Council.

"The ferry will be off the water and out of action for three to four weeks between Easter and the Spring Bank Holiday.

"The county council is investing £300,000 in the servicing work, underlining our commitment to maintaining the Windermere ferry service.."

– Spokesman, Cumbria County Council

Concerns for Windermere car ferry

A parish council is concerned the car ferry over Windermere is at risk.

The ferry runs every 20 minutes between Bowness and Far Sawrey, cutting out a 15 mile drive around England's longest lake.

Claife Parish councillors worry maintenance periods of three to four weeks between Easter and the Spring Bank Holiday will put the service in financial jeopardy because of damage to customers' confidence in the service and loss of earnings.

A county council spokesperson said the ferry is due a five year maintenance overhaul this Easter and it will be investing £300,000 in it in the future.