The Knott End to Fleetwood Ferry is both a transport link and a tourist attraction.
The Wyre Rose Ferry sails between its berth at Queen’s Terrace, which is to the right of the RNLI lifeboat station on The Esplanade, across the River Wyre to the slipway at Knott End.
Knott End to Fleetwood Ferry service to resume
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Wyre Council and Lancashire County Council announced on 13.4.18 that the Knott End to Fleetwood Ferry is back up and running.
In January 2018, Wyre Council announced that the ferry was to continue operating under a new contract and operator, following a full procurement process where satisfactory bids were received. The protracted negotiations were completed earlier this week and the service can now commence.
Wyre Council and Lancashire County Council working with Wyre Marine Services (who had successfully operated the ferry for over 11 years) will continue to operate the service to enable residents to travel across the Wyre Estuary.
Councillor Peter Murphy, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Economic Development commented, “We’re pleased that this announcement could come following such uncertainty 12 months ago.
“It has been down to a great deal of work from officers at Wyre Council and Lancashire County Council, Wyre Marine Services and the backing of members that the ferry can continue to provide a vital service to residents and visitors to Wyre.”
Now, the new supplier will operate the ferry under an eight year contract, offering a year round, seven day a week service, similar to the previous service.
Funding for the Knott End to Fleetwood Ferry
Lancashire County Council has agreed to contribute to the running of the ferry service on a 50:50 basis with Wyre Council for the first four years. After which it’s hoped the ferry will be self-sustaining.
In addition, they will provide the ferry to the successful operator under a mortgage arrangement whereby the vessel will become the responsibility of the operator and its ownership transfers to them in full at the end of the eight year contract period.
Now that the ferry has passed its annual inspection and service from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the service is set to resume immediately.
More about the Fleetwood to Knott End Ferry
The Fleetwood to Knott End ferry service has been in operation since 1841, linking the town of Fleetwood with the rural communities of Knott End, Pilling and Preesall.
It’s a vital form of transport between communities for local people, and one well loved by tourists who use it to explore the area.
The ferry will operate from 7.45am to 5.45pm; sailings will be half hourly at 15 and 45 minutes past the hour from Fleetwood. Sailings from Knott End are approximately five minutes later. (Correct at time of publication, please check before travelling).
Sailing times are subject to tidal conditions so you must consult the timetable before travelling.
Fleetwood Ferry Terminal, The Slipway, The Esplanade, Fleetwood
Tel: 07793 270934
Quicker by sea
The ferry journey across the River Wyre takes less than 10 minutes.
By road it’s another matter. The 13.6 mile journey takes 26 minutes (not accounting for heavy traffic). You first head inland along the A585 to cross Shard Bridge and then travel through the country lanes Over Wyre to arrive at Knott End.
More about Fleetwood Ferry
Fleetwood Ferry has been running for almost 200 years.
In Spring 2017 it faced a choppy future as it was expected that its funding would be cut and the service woud no longer operate.
However, after the local elections in May 2017, the newly elected Conservative Lancashire County Council pledged to save the ferry, and gave it funding until November 2017 in the expectation that a new arrangement to secure its future would be negotiated. Tenders were put out for a new contract for the ferry operator towards the end of 2017. The company which submitted the successful tender then withdrew their offer, delaying the recommencement of the service which should have taken place in early 2018.
The new contract with Wyre Council and Lancashire County Council will secure its future until 2026.
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