Seacombe Ferry Terminal reopened its doors today after an award-winning, 22-month refurbishment.
The ticket hall, landing stage and linkspan bridges of the Wallasey site have all been renovated and to mark the occasion, the cafe on board the Mersey Ferry Royal Iris is giving out free coffees and bacon or sausage barm to passengers, an offer which will continue all week.
Liam Robinson, Liverpool City Region Transport Portfolio Holder was there to greet passengers on the first crossing. “It’s been a multi-million pound upgrade to the terminal,” he said, “all done in a live marine environment on a river that has one of the highest tidal ranges in the country. It’s fantastic that it’s been done so well and we’ve got to this point today.”
The return of services to Seacombe means that services to and from Woodside in Birkenhead will temporarily be suspended. Robinson said: “As Seacombe reopens today, Woodside closes to go through the exact same, high-quality refurbishment to the pontoon and linkspan, but also some additional work to give Woodside that boost to make sure both the terminals on the Wirral have ferry services long into the future.”
The reopening comes in time for the launch of the Eureka Science and Discovery attraction on the same site.
Dave Poole, Customer Operations Manager at Mersey Ferries, said, “When Eureka opens up in November we expect to see a huge increase in numbers, it’s by far the easiest way to get to Eureka via the ferry from the Pier Head and we’ll also expect to see increased footfall from people who come to Eureka then decide to come on the ferry for a River Explorer cruise.”
The commuter service runs from 7.20am to 9.30am and 5.00pm to 6.30pm, with a return costing £3.80. With stunning views, fresh air and free food and drink there isn’t a better time to take advantage of this historic Mersey crossing.
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