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James

Glasgow is to get a new river ferry service from tomorrow

Glasgow is to get a new river ferry service from tomorrow. (© Evening Times)



Passengers will be able to travel from the Broomielaw to Braehead when the
River Clyde is used to link the centre of the city with the Renfrewshire shopping
destination, via Pacific Quay.


Clyde Cruises plans to run the service five days a week using the 33-seater
ferry MV Fencer. The River Link service will offer return fares ranging from
£2 to £6. A one-way trip will take 30 minutes.

If the service is a success then a bigger boat is likely to be brought to the Clyde,
says managing director Hamish Munro.

He said: “A successful experience of operating this summer could lead to the
introduction of a large clipper-style catamaran on the route in subsequent years.
We are excited about the potential for this service. Our experience last summer
of operating sightseeing trips on the Clyde suggests there is additional demand
for this more regular river link service from local people and visitors.”

The service will run from Wednesday through to Sunday each week until September
10. MV Fencer will operate at least three daily return trips from the pontoon at
Braehead Shopping Centre to the Broomielaw via the Glasgow Science Centre
pontoon at Pacific Quay.

Peter Beagley, general manager of Braehead shopping centre, said: “Braehead
is one of the major destinations and areas of regeneration on the River Clyde
and it is fitting a riverboat service should run to and from the shopping centre.
The new service can become a popular visitor attraction and it is also a practical
and environmentally friendly mode of transport.”

Clyde Cruises is also launching river sightseeing tours tomorrow. The trips begin
each day from the science centre pontoon at 1pm, with stops at Braehead and the
Titan Crane, Clydebank. The service will be linked to the Clyde Heritage Guide,
which offers 12 sites to explore along a 13-mile stretch of the river.

A previous ferry service, The Pride Of The Clyde, stopped three years ago.



James H
Targer

That looks very much like the Police boat used on the Clyde (city centre) in the 50's?
badangel1977

that thing doesnt look very safe.lol
tombro

But I'll bet they'll never be as good as these wee ones !





My Dad won this Charcoal Drawing as a prize in a raffle in the late 1950's and it's still in our possession !

Tombro  
Joe the Tug

Ferryman

Gissa job I can do that.......Ah will even bring ma ain boat  




Or even ma auld tug  



Joe the Tug

tombro wrote:
But I'll bet they'll never be as good as these wee ones !





My Dad won this Charcoal Drawing as a prize in a raffle in the late 1950's and it's still in our possession !

Tombro  


to this day I can still remember the bump as they rammed the bow up the steps. The helmsmen leaping off and tying off the mooring rope before the ferry slips back. The smell of the Clyde after after the prop stirred the water up, stepping off on to the slimly steps.  Happy days.  
tombro

They sure were, Joe !

Tombro  
badangel1977

tombro wrote:
But I'll bet they'll never be as good as these wee ones !





My Dad won this Charcoal Drawing as a prize in a raffle in the late 1950's and it's still in our possession !

Tombro  

i think the other one defo looks safer.lol
tombro

I don't know, badangel !

I can't remember hearing of any of these wee buggers sinking while crossing the Clyde and I'm sure they were around for lots of years making lots of crossings.

Tombro  
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