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darrel

Renfrew Ferry

hi all to comemorate the end of the renfrew ferry I have made a short film



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_Oh5dhl4Hs

enjoy
widmeister

Nice one Darrel.

Here are three chaps who will certainly miss the service when it goes.

Douglas

Sorry I didn't see this elsewhere, hence the double posting  
Lone Groover

Darrel, That's a nice little bit of work, well done.      
Doorstop

Aye.

Excellent wee video .. and an excellent pic of the swans and ferry departing (so to speak).
Mahdi West

Smashing film, Darrel  
darrel

couple of videos from the last day of the old ferry taken from Scotland today
part 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttk_kWtr78s
part 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtShqqlMHAE
Spot the young version of someone on this forum   being interviewed in part 2 I can tell im going to regret pointing that out :)
wee minx

wee stork legs
Beano

Hey Darrel, nice blue boxer shorts mate.    
Stuball

Amphibious bus could replace Clyde ferry service (BBC)



A bus that can travel on roads and water is to be trialled on the River Clyde
next week.


The £700,000 Dutch-made "amfibus" will be tested on the water between Renfrew
and Yoker on Monday.

Operator Stagecoach said it could eventually replace the existing ferry service
on the route which is to be scrapped from March due to costs.

The vehicle runs like a normal coach on the road but when in water uses a hull
to float and is powered by twin jets.
sputnik

dont see any reason why this should fail on such a short water crossing.just a question of being economically viable i suppose .
AlanM

A route between Clydebank and Braehead would seem to make sense for that thing. Should be more useful than just the ferry crossing.
James

All aboard: Could this floating bus be the new Renfrew Ferry? (Evening Times)



This could be the shape of things to come on the Clyde … an amphibious bus is
to be tried out on the river and if successful, it could replace the historic Renfrew
Ferry due to be axed next month.


But the ‘amfibus’ will not just travel between Renfrew and Yoker across the
river. Instead it will run by road from Braehead to the Renfrew Ferry slipway,
cross the Clyde to Yoker and then travel on by road to Clydebank.

Bus giant Stagecoach is behind the futuristic vehicle which copes with water
travel as easily as on land. Last month, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport,
which runs the Renfrew Ferry, decided the Renfrew Rose and the Yoker Swan
would be withdrawn from service saving £400,000 a year.

The Evening Times revealed SPT chairman Alistair Watson was in talks with
private firms about a replacement service. Stagecoach has now said it believes
there is potential for a new amfibus service linking communities on either side
of the Clyde, making use of the ferry slipways.

The new £700,000 vehicle can carry 50 passengers and is built in Holland. Based
on a bus chassis, the amfibus incorporates a hull to allow the vehicle to float
and is fully safety certified by European transport regulatory authorities for
operation on road and water.

On the road, the vehicle operates like a standard coach. In the water, the amfibus
is driven by twin water jets and can achieve a speed of 8knots.

....


James H
discominer

If it keeps the ferry link going, good, but no more nicking across the Clyde on my bike...
James

discominer wrote:
If it keeps the ferry link going, good, but no more nicking across the Clyde on my bike...

I was wondering if there'll be some sort of provision for allowing bikes on when
crossing the river.  


James H
dickyhart

looks cool!!

one freak wave and you end up in helensburgh!!
Stuball

Stagecoach drivers? They'll crash it into a passing tanker
darrel

dickyhart wrote:
looks cool!!

one freak wave and you end up in helensburgh!!

and that's the last place you want to end up EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! unless you like charity shops and cafes
darrel

where the hell did that advert come from?
cybers

To be demonstrated on the Clyde on monday...
No mention of any time though.... Good ole Gloagy keeping it close to her chest...
Probably apply for an injunction to stop us oiks ruining her publicity stunt.
Stuball

Pfft, injunction... public place!
cybers

Quote:
Ann Gloag became the first private individual to successfully argue right-to-roam legislation should not apply to her


Granted it was the grounds of Kinfauns that time  
BILLYCAN

cybers wrote:
Quote:
Ann Gloag became the first private individual to successfully argue right-to-roam legislation should not apply to her


Granted it was the grounds of Kinfauns that time  
Ann Gloag, do not like the Woman ,  I would not use her Bus service , Her Son Hanged himself , Just goes to show that money cannot buy happiness?.
Stuball

I remember when she was a clippie on an ex-London routemaster in Perth
James

Floating bus breaks down (Evening Times)



The floating bus which could replace the axed Renfrew Ferry broke down less
than an hour after testing on the River Clyde began.


Mechanics from a river-side garage were called out to look at the “amfibus”,
which is capable of travelling on water and roads.

It is undergoing a two-day test and demonstration between Renfrew and Yoker
but it ground to a halt after the rear nearside air bag disengaged.

One witness said the amfibus did make it across the river at least once before
the Dutch operators decided there was something wrong.

He said: “They looked at the serial number and it looked like they were trying
to phone Volvo who I think make the bus part. Then they got a local garage
mechanic who jacked it up.”

The £700,000 Dutch-made vehicle can carry up to 50 passengers but will not
be open to fare-paying passengers during the trial period.

Based on a bus chassis, the amfibus uses a hull that allows the vehicle to float.

While it operates like a normal coach on the road, when it is in water it is driven
by twin water jets and can achieve a top speed of eight knots.

It is hoped the new bus could replace the existing ferry service between Renfrew
and Yoker, which is to be scrapped in March due to costs.

It would run by road from Braehead to the Renfrew Ferry slipway, cross the
Clyde to Yoker and then travel on by road to Clydebank.

The Evening Times revealed last week SPT chairman Alistair Watson was in
talks with private firms about a replacement service.

It would be the first use in the UK of an amfibus for commuters, said Stagecoach
chief Brian Souter. He added: “This is an exciting project that would provide
a seamless bus connection between two important local communities.

“It shows the potential of Scotland’s rivers to be links rather than barriers to travel.”



James H
cybers

Damn ... it never sunk      
AlanM

you couldnae make it up - when they invited the country's media along too      
James

Pics and videos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/scott1shpau1/tags/waterbus/



James H
Bankie Boy

I'm confused   I thought the majority were unhappy about the loss of this service but when someone attempts to offer an alternative some are still unhappy?
cybers

Not unhappy but we did want to see a bus sink  
World map and all that....
Epic Fail instead of damp squib would make better headlines... And would stick it right up Gloagy.
James

Floating bus is back on course following hitch (Evening Times)



Trials on a floating bus were to resume on the Clyde in Glasgow today after being
halted by a technical hitch yesterday.


Testing of the bus, which can travel on land and water and could replace the
axed Renfrew Ferry, was stopped yesterday after the driver reported a problem.
Mechanics were called out to look at the “amfibus”, which is undergoing a two-day
test and demonstration after an issue with an airbag.

A spokesman for Stagecoach Group said: “We carried out a number of test trips
of the amfibus using the slipways at Renfrew and Yoker and the vehicle performed
very well in the conditions on the Clyde. The amfibus also coped well during tests
we carried out last month in the busy harbour in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

“After exiting the water at the Renfrew slipway, there was a technical issue with
the rear nearside airbag which forms part of the suspension. The airbag disengaged.
We have corrected the issue and the vehicle is ready to go back on test.”

The £700,000 Dutch-made vehicle can carry up to 50 people. While it operates like
a normal coach on the road, when in water it is driven by twin water jets and can
achieve a top speed of eight knots.

It is hoped the new bus could replace the existing ferry service between Renfrew
and Yoker, which is to be scrapped in March due to costs. It would run by road
from Braehead to the Renfrew Ferry slipway, cross the Clyde to Yoker and then
travel on by road to Clydebank.

It would be the first amfibus used in the UK by commuters.



James H
Doorstop

I had planned to sneak down and get some photos of the behemoth in action but, alas, a wee job appeared and needs must I'm afraid.
Stuball

I can see some obvious problems with the design... namely - access. The door is pretty high and requires a ladder. Hardly practical and certainly not disability compliant
wee minx

yip...and no handrail  
cybers

wee minx wrote:
yip...and no handrail  


Lifebelts ?
fastnet

Took a wee trip down there today to see if the bus was there.
But it wasn't.............So i took a few pics.





glasgowken

That bus is going to sink    nutty idea.

Finally time for a road bridge there. They could build lifting or rotating bridges 100 years ago, where's the problem ? It's a pain to get over to the south side if you don't have a car. 
Doorstop

Nice pics FN ..

Completely agree with you GK.
glasgowken

The sinking bus or the bridge ?  
Doorstop

Both.  
LowLight

As far as the design goes isn't this bus just a tester. The real thing will be modified to allow easy access for wheelchairs etc.

Something a wee bit different I suppose. The weans will love it.
Stuball

Probably.... but how reliable will an automatic door be at lower level? It will need some good tight seals to prevent water working in and some sort of interlocking mechanism (like the renfrew ferry and the gate with the slipbolt!)
And will it kneel like the current public fleet?
John

Damp Squib,  It will never work here,   if it does I will eat my hard-hat. BTW.... I may need lots of brown sauce
cybers

Will the driver need to go the length of the bas equalling out the fat bastards sorry ballast...
sputnik

john/scary,i love the avatar.i have a dog eared copy of the great mans life story.
John

sputnik wrote:
john/scary,i love the avatar.i have a dog eared copy of the great mans life story.


Cheers Sputnik, he`s a bit of a hero of mine I read the book a long time ago, wouldn`t mind reading it again
cybers

I like that it has an other world look about it.
Might give inverted HDR a wee try for a future project.
wee minx

Oh I don't touch hdr You know that Cybers   . theres millyuns of filters out there do get a bit of variety on here with all sorts of stuff, I'm looking for some nice dowloady stuff if any one has any, ye know,,plugins and all that
cybers

Oh I know you dont do HDR...Perhaps the wee link i gave you 2 weeks ago will sort you with some cracking filters i have some great contrast ones i got from there that sometimes get confused with HDR, but I do HDR so dont need them much.
James

We will keep river crossing running (Evening Times)



A passenger service across the River Clyde will continue when the Renfrew Ferry
is scrapped next month, a council leader has said.


Renfrewshire Council is confident that a new service will be in place on April 1,
the day after Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) pulls the plug on the
existing service. People on both sides of the river were angry the ferry was being
axed after SPT said last month it was to costly to keep going.

The decision to scrap it was justified by the need to make £2.5 million savings
next year. Withdrawing the Renfrew Ferry saves £400,000. While trials have
taken place of possible alternatives it has always been assumed the ferry would
cease sailing on March 31 and there would be no immediate replacement.

Leader of SNP controlled Renfrewshire Council, Derek Mackay, who reacted
angrily when SPT scrapped the service, said he was confident that the council
would be able to ensure a service will be in place. Full details have yet to be
finalised, but talks with five commercial operators are underway with a view to
finding a long term solution.

However, council officials believe that two or three of the firms are in a position
to run a service from April. The conclusion of Renfrewshire council’s roads and
transportation department is “It would be reasonable to assume that a replacement
service is achievable by April 1 without the need for revenue subsidy.”

Mr Mackay who argued against closing down the SPT run ferry said it was essential
for linking people with jobs and services on both sides of the river. He said the
council was unwilling to let the service go without a fight.

Mr Mackay said: “We are working with interested parties to ensure a ferry service is
still in operation.”

It is understood SPT have offered the current vessels, but that has been rejected
long term, as the plan is to ensure any new service does not need a taxpayers’
subsidy. It is still possible that a new operator could use one of the existing boats
until a more economical vessel is purchased.

Mr Mackay added: “We are pulling out all the stops to ensure that happens and
we preserve what is a vital link. The important thing is ensuring we maintain a
service.”

It is feared that once passengers are forced to seek an alternative crossing, even
for a short period, then they may never return to the ferry route. Discussions
have been ongoing between Renfrewshire Council and SPT officials and commercial
ferry operators.

Two firms are understood to be able to operate without subsidy and all five would
run a smaller boat. Despite axing the service, SPT are involved in approving any
new service as it owns the slipways on each bank of the river.

Already trials have taken place of an ‘amfibus’ by Stagecoach, which runs on land
and water, and one other small boat belonging to Argyll-based Silvers Marine has
also completed test runs. It is not yet clear which one of five firms who have
expressed an interest would be taking over the service.

Since the decision to scrap the service SPT has been embroiled in an expenses
scandal which has seen the resignations of its chief executive Ron Culley, and its
chairman Alistair Watson, a Glasgow Labour councillor, and his vice-chairman
Davie MacLachlan, a South Lanarkshire Labour councillor.

The trio left after details of expenses claims were revealed, which raised questions
over mileage claims, hospitality and a trip to Manchester co-inciding with Rangers’
2008 Uefa Cup final appearance.



James H
mondobongo

Went for a final trip back and forth today (or should that be back and clyde).

James

Sea trials for contender to replace Renfrew Ferry (Evening Times)



Final sea trials will be held tomorrow for another possible replacement vessel
for the historic Renfrew Ferry.


Ferry operator Clydelink has submitted its proposal to take over the River Clyde
route between Renfrew and Yoker. Strathclyde Partnership for Transport announced
in January it was to scrap the existing ferry service, which has been running for
more than 500 years, in an attempt to save £400,000 a year.

The present service stops at the end of the month.

A number of private companies have since tendered bids to run a service on the
route. Mark Aikman, chief executive of Clydelink, said: “We are well placed to
offer a seamless transition between the existing service and our proposed service. We
are ready to operate on the route as soon as we achieve approval.”

Other proposals include a bid from Stagecoach, which is seeking to run a 50-passenger
amphibus on the river. Its £700,000 Dutch vehicle would run by road from Braehead
to the Renfrew Ferry slipway, cross the Clyde to Yoker and then travel on by road
to Clydebank.

However, trials of this service got off to a bad start when the floating bus broke down
less than an hour after testing began and the trail had to be resumed the following day.
Argyll firm Silvers Marine has also suggested an inflatable boat could be the solution
to the axed route.

The current vessels, The Renfrew Rose and Yoker Swan, can carry more than 50
passengers on a crossing. But Silvers Marine’s inflatable boat can hold no more than
a dozen, which would reduce capacity considerably on the ferry.

Renfrewshire Council is confident a new service will be in place on April 1, the day after
SPT pulls the plug on the existing route. The decision to scrap the crossing was
justified by the need to make £2.5million savings next year for the transport authority,
which has been hit by a series of high-profile resignations over expenses claims.



James H
James

D-Day for new ferry operators (Evening Times)

Today is the deadline for private operators wanting to run a service to replace
the Renfrew Ferry.


The existing ferry between Renfrew and Yoker will be axed on March 31 saving
Strathclyde Partnership for Transport £400,000 a year. But it is understood
at least 10 companies are lining up to provide a replacement service with a
couple being described as serious contenders.

Bosses at the transport authority were forced to pull the plug on the Renfrew
Rose and Yoker Swan as they were paying £2.69 in subsidy for every passenger.
However they are keen for a commercial operator to step in and provide a
replacement service.

SPT chairman Jonathan Findlay said: “I’m really encouraged by the interest
so far and look forward to seeing all the final proposals.”

Existing vessels used on the ferry route are being offered for sale or lease by
SPT and their slipways, pontoons and ancillary facilities on site will also be made
available for lease or license as part of any deal. The transport body has already
backed a number of trials by interested firms that have taken place on the
river – including an amphibus, an inflatable boat and a small ferry vessel.

Over the past decade, the number of passengers has fallen by 41,000 to only
141,361 a year. In 2007, a feasibility study was launched into the future of the
200-metre river crossing. It found the service’s two ageing ferries would have to
be replaced within a couple of years and that they did not comply with the Disability
Discrimination Act.


James H
James

Small boat chosen to take over Renfrew ferry service (BBC)



A small boat is to take over the Yoker to Renfrew ferry service across the River
Clyde in Glasgow.


Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has awarded the route to Argyll-based
Silvers Marine. The firm's craft, which carries up to 12 people, will replace two
50-passenger ferries later this month.

SPT announced in January that it was withdrawing the existing service at the end
of March as it was making an annual loss of of £430,000. The authority said each
passenger using the two existing ferries on the route - The Renfrew Rose and Yoker
Swan - had to be subsidised by about £2.69.

The new contract, approved at a meeting of SPT officials on Friday, will see no
public subsidy with fares of £1.50 for a single journey and £3 for a return. It is hoped
the new service will begin on 29 March, with the old ferry services finishing on
31 March.

Silvers Marine was one of five firms to express an interest in running the service and
emerged as one of two favourites, along with Inverness-based Clyde River Taxis.
SPT chairman Councillor Jonathan Findlay said the five-year route lease with Silvers
Marine would maintain an important passenger service on the Clyde.

"There was a range of interest from the commercial sector, but we believe Silvers
Marine will provide the best service - utilising SPT's slipways - and without any subsidy
from the public purse," he said. "This is an exciting time for those interested in river
travel as Silvers Marine hope to undertake trials for an extended service in the near future."

Silvers Marine managing director Mark Aikman said: "We would like to assure ferry
users that we will continue to provide them with a reliable service that will take over the
route seamlessly. This historic crossing has provided an important link to communities on
both sides of the Clyde for a very long time. We will also be led by consumer demand
when considering extension of the service in the future."

Approval of the new service was welcomed by Renfrewshire Council leader Derek
Mackay. "The 500-year-old river crossing link lives on, and I thank those who supported
our local campaigns," he said. "This was exactly the kind of outcome we have been
working towards, a new fit-for-purpose continuation of ferry service across the Clyde
to meet the demands from Renfrew and Yoker. We always believed there would be a
credible private sector bid to take advantage of the commercial opportunity that
existed on river transport. There is also scope for future expansion."


James H
cybers

Final crossing of the evening (Yoker Side)
darrel

first afternoon of the new renfrew ferry





rest of todays photos are here http://darrel817.fotopic.net/c1806952_49.html
sputnik

1.60 for a one way ticket.1.60 pal,but ahm only going one stop.
cybers

1.60 to have a shot on that wee tin bath ....
Nay wunner passenger numbers have fallen.
Stuball

The final insult


The Ferries by stuballscramble, on Flickr

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