New ferry route launching linking Brislington to the city centre
There’s a new boat in town as Bristol’s iconic blue-and-yellow ferries trials a route serving Brislington from September 16 to 24. The ferry will run a shuttle service from Netham Lock to the city centre, via Temple Meads, across the two weekends and a commuter service weekday mornings and evenings.
Bristol Community Ferry Boats currently operates a daily waterbus service that serves seven landing stages at the Floating Harbour on a timetabled schedule. The new route will expand the service to East Bristol, using Netham Lock as a stop for the residents of St Anne’s and Brislington as it is the closest access point before reaching Temple Quay.
Co-director of BCFB Roisin Tobin-Brooke said “We're excited to explore the possibility of expanding our services, especially after the last few years spent recovering from the impact of the pandemic.
"We are always seeking ways to better serve the community, and a trial is the ideal way to assess whether there is a need for this extended service. As a small community-owned business, it’s essential that we use our limited resources effectively and develop services sustainably, so establishing local need is a critical factor in our development strategy. Therefore, if people would like this service for the long term we implore them to please vote with their feet.”
Councillor Tim Rippington, Labour councillor for Brislington East, said : “The St Anne’s area is very poorly-served by public transport and Temple Meads in particular is very difficult to reach, so any additional options which allow people to leave their cars at home are very welcome. I really hope people will give this a go – it’s a very pleasant and stress-free way to get around!”
The service will depart from city centre at 11am and 1.30pm on weekends and at 5.15pm on weekdays, while on the Netham Lock side the shuttle will depart at 10am, noon and 2.30pm at weekends and at 8am on weekdays. Fares are £6 for each way of the 40-minute journey. The trial period is being conducted in order to see if there is sufficient demand and footfall on the route. Visit the BCFB website to find out more about the trial route.