Ferry service is ‘not at risk’

The Fleetwood to Knott End ferry
The Fleetwood to Knott End ferry
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WYRE Council chiefs have moved to quash rumours Fleetwood’s ferry to Knott End is under threat.

The Fleetwood to Knott End ferry is to be the subject of a Value for Money Review (VMR) by councillors to discuss how the service can be improved and “to consider the cost and viability of running any alternative service”, including a bus route.

Wyre Council says the ferry link will not be closed, but this has not stopped campaigners questioning why the review is taking place.

Bob Boal, secretary of Fleetwood Development Partnership, said: “We consider it being essential for the town and tourism and it’s similar for the people of Knott End, considering the price of petrol these days.

“It’s an essential part of the local scene and because there are so few ferries these days it’s a nice add-on to the various tourism facilities in Fleetwood.”

Coun Alan Marsh, chairman of Fleetwood Town Council, added: “I can’t see where a saving could actually be made by the council, but the main thing is the service stays put.

“At a time when we are talking about new facilities in the town like a skate park, we don’t then want to be losing things like the ferry.”

The ferry runs on the hour from 8am until 6pm every day, depending on the tides.

A spokeswoman for Wyre Council said: “To avoid speculation, the council would like to reiterate the scope of this review does not include exploring options to close the services.

“The exercise is carried out periodically and will look at opportunities to improve the service and make it more cost effective if necessary.”