Full report: Dartmouth Lower Ferry back in service
by John Andrews
Dartmouth's Lower Ferry is back in service after being out of operation for nearly five months. Rebuilding the slipways took longer than expected. Now motorists can return to their usual way of crossing the Dart.
After almost 50 years away, the last remaining coal-fired paddle steamer in the country will return to the River Dart today. The Kingswear Castle was originally built in Dartmouth and in her heyday, she'd have carried nearly 500 passengers.
She's now been fully restored and will ferry passengers from Dartmouth to Totnes.
Work has started to refurbish one of the region's most historic ferry links between Dartmouth and Kingswear. The lower ferry slipways on both sides of the river are being extended and resurfaced at a cost of more than a million pounds.
It is hoped the link, which dates back to the 1700s, will reopen by Easter. However, although the lower ferry will be out of service, the new high capacity higher ferry is running as normal for those wishing to cross the River Dart. Our correspondent Jonathan Gibson reports.