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Thursday, 10 January, 2002, 15:25 GMT
Ferry's cash to woo commuters
The old and the new: Bristol Ferry and the SS Great Britain
Bristol City Council will donate 65,000 to the ferry
Bristol's Ferry Company is to receive 65,000 from the city council to improve landing stages and promote the service.

On Wednesday it was announced the city was receiving more than 13m of Government money to tackle its transport problems.

Most of that cash will go on bus lanes, park-and-ride sites, a tram scheme and road maintenance.

But the council announced on Wednesday that it would also include money for the city's ferry service.

Ferry passengers
Passengers disembark from ferry

For the last 20 years, the riverboat has provided an alternative means of travel to the city centre from docklands Hotwells area.

The bright yellow ferry has been very popular over recent years, both with commuters and tourists.

Jane Salvidge, general manager of the Ferry Boat Company, said staff were very pleased at the news.

"Well, it's obviously fantastic for us," she said.

"We are delighted that, at last the council are going to support the water transport, in particular the commuter service.

"I do have to say though, that we have been campaigning with the council for quite a few years and there is still a tender that we have to go for to reach this money.

"But we are very excited about the planning and the future of having a really integrated transport, not only with the buses but with Temple Meads station, which we also serve," she said.

Good system

"We already have a regular clientele, but we hope, with some advertising help from the council, we can expand this."

Travellers on the ferry were delighted with the news.

"I use it every day and it's a very good system and runs on time, most of the time. There are even season tickets you can get as well," said one.

"It also gets a lot of traffic off the roads," she added.

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