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Ferry landing stage is under way
Ferry landing stage
The ferry landing stage should be completed by August
A transport initiative designed to get people out of cars and onto rivers in Cornwall is nearing completion.

Around 400,000 is to be spent upgrading ferry links between Truro and Falmouth by the National Trust, the government and Europe.

The King Harry car ferry already links the Roseland peninsula with the National Trust's gardens at Trelissick.

But a new landing stage is being built close by to encourage more visitors to visit the gardens on foot.

Narrow roads

Around 300,000 people a year visit the Trelissick gardens. It is hoped the new foot passenger landing stage will ease pressure on roads around the area and on current car ferries which both become congested ring the summer.

Chris Curtis of the National Trust said: "The roads around here are very narrow and the ferry can get very congested in the summer, so getting people off the road and bringing them in by water will benefit local roads as well.

"About half of the money has come from Government Office South West, Defra and other funds. The other 50% has come from the Trust's central fund.

"We're linking into existing services that go between Falmouth, Truro and St Mawes. We're not putting extra boats on, but using existing capacity which, for ferry operators, means there will be more people for them to carry, which is good news for jobs on those boats."

Boat owners are happy with the new landing stage plans.

Andrew Phillips of the King Harry Ferry, said: "I guess, initially, people can be quite sceptical. But I think now they have seen the benefit of working in partnership and working together, it's really good for all businesses involved."

Chris Curtis said coming to the gardens by water would add to the experience.

He said: "The views on the way are stunning. Arriving by water, and that slower pace of life, could be as much a part of the enjoyment of the place as actually getting to it."

The first passengers should start using the new foot ferry services in August.

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