Summer ferry service for Sutton Harbour
A water ferry will operate in Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour this summer to link the historic Barbican Quarter with the Fishing Quarter whilst the pedestrian footbridge is closed for essential repairs.
The service will run daily between West Pier (opposite the Real Food Kitchen, by the Mayflower Steps) and Shepherd’s Wharf (in front of Lockyers Quay pub) from an expected start date of July 1st to help people cross the harbour and visit the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant.
Sutton Harbour Holdings plc is funding the installation of necessary infrastructure to create landing stages on either side of the harbour for passengers to board from, and will also subsidise the operational costs of the Sutton Harbour ferry service for a 10 week period through the peak summer months, starting from July 1st if work completes on schedule.
The service has been organised in collaboration with Plymouth City Council and key tenant businesses as an interim measure to help people make their way across the harbour whilst the footbridge over Sutton Lock is closed for the coming months. Following thorough testing on site this spring, engineers from the Environment Agency recently confirmed that the bridge turntable had failed and will need to be replaced, along with a series of other necessary repairs which it is hoped will provide greater longevity to the bridge’s operation in the future.
Repairs are expected to take a number of months and interim measures such as a ferry service, bus shuttle service and using the Land Train have been discussed by the city council, Sutton Harbour Holdings and tenant businesses as potential options for the summer months.
The Sutton Harbour ferry service will be the first service to launch, offering an alternative, quick way to cross Sutton Harbour, in addition to the walking route along the footpath circling the harbour.
The water ferry will be operated by local firm Silverline Cruises, which recently lost its contract to operate the Royal William Yard ferry after that service was unexpectedly suspended this month.
An alternative walking route around the harbour is accessible via the Harbour Heritage Trail with a footpath circling around East Quay and North Quay (see map on image above).