Seacombe ferry terminal to close for extensive refurbishment programme

Seacombe ferry terminal is to undergo extensive refurbishment works that are set to take place in early 2021, as part of a major investment to keep the services running for many years to come.

Mersey Ferry commuters will still be able to travel cross-river on services running between the Pier Head and Woodside, Birkenhead for the duration of the works. These services will continue to operate throughout the day.

Seacombe landing stage seen from the ferry. Credit: Mersey Ferries.

The works will see the 130-year-old linkspan bridges that are coming to the end of their operational life, replaced and the landing stage undergo a major refurbishment. This will include upgrading the mooring bollards and installing new powered gangways. The pontoon will be removed from the water to carry out these works.

This should allow the stage to operate for another 25 years before any major maintenance intervention is needed.

For the duration of these works, no vessels will be able to berth and therefore Seacombe ferry terminal will close. Mersey Ferries will use this opportunity to carry out other maintenance requirements in the terminal itself and work with Eureka Mersey! to prepare for their works planned in and around this site.

Ferry services will be suspended after the final commuter services on Friday 18 December. They will resume at Woodside from the first commuter service on Monday 4 January 2021. The works are due to be completed in summer 2021.

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“The Mersey Ferries are an iconic and important part of our cultural identity in the city region. We know that Coronavirus continues to have a huge impact on everyday life, but we are committed to continuing to invest in the ferries for the future.

“These works at Seacombe are vital to make sure the ferries can continue to operate from there for many years to come.

“We’ve been able to make sure that ferry users will still be able to travel across the river by diverting services to Woodside. I’d like to thank our loyal customers for their patience while the works are carried out.”

Cllr Liam Robinson

Transport portfolio holder for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Main image credit: Mersey Ferries