Increase Ferry Commute Options

Give commuters in St Annes, Barton Hill and surrounding the chance to commute into central areas via ferry. Both Church Rd, Bath Rd and Feeder Rd are very busy with car traffic and not adequately covered with buses. The ferry currently only goes as far as the underused Temple Landing.

Why the contribution is important

It seems a shame to waste the rivers potential. The sight of the various ferry companies coming up the Feeder may tempt many to switch their transportation and gererate some extra revenue for the local economy whilst reducing the # of cars on the roads in these popular East Central routes.

by user131841 on November 19, 2013 at 02:53PM

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Average rating: 4.2
Based on: 12 votes


  • Posted by user661274 November 20, 2013 at 09:42

    How would people get to & from the ferries? This would just be diverting the traffic elsewhere.
    Also, the time it would add to commutes would put people off.
    The ferries work for shorter routes but anything like St Annes would just take too long.
  • Posted by user736775 November 22, 2013 at 11:41

    I live in the catchment that could be served by such an extended service and compared with the time it takes people living around the river in Barton Hill, and particularly St Annes to get into town on a bus, I doubt it would add much if any time.

    This could of course be tested so we don't have to just guess. The 36 bus currently on offer doesn't drop near Temple Meads either so if you're heading there a ferry would be much quicker. There's the benefit too of a more predictable journey time by boat, maybe a bit longer than a bus on a quiet day but at least you'd have a good idea of when you'd depart and when you'd arrive, not always possible on the bus, especially at busier times.

    Just a service to Netham Lock during commuting times would be useful to a lot of people.
  • Posted by user734334 November 24, 2013 at 11:32

    I thought exactly this when I drove past the feeder just now. There is already a type of 'dock' area in st Anne's by the co-op which could be used. If we also once again open the smaller train stations (such as in st Anne's), we could really make a dent in the traffic problems in the centre. If the ferries and trains run quite late it would also open up the town on an evening more and will allow more people to enjoy a drink in town with a nice meal.
  • Posted by user536903 November 25, 2013 at 17:01

    Good option to explore options.. introducing faster boats will reduce the journey time. as the current boats are for tourism purpose..

    if ferry commute option is explored, then more people will use the ferry to commute
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