Sunday, 23 December 2012
After Bristol Ferry Co went into administration, its fleet of five boats was auctioned off on Thursday. The good news is that they'll stay in the harbour; having been bought by an ad hoc consortium, which plans to restore harbour services under the flag of 'Bristol's Ferry Company'.
It was BBC Radio Bristol that broke the news on Friday afternoon in their drivetime programme (here, at 1hr.16). In an interview with John Grimshaw (the John Grimshaw?) it was revealed that 30 donors had submitted the successful bid (it's the good fortune of Bristol, or at least a part of it, to have such funds readily available – I doubt many places are so lucky).
According to John Grimshaw, the plan now is to launch a community interest company to run the ferries as a public service, co-ordinating services with other operators, and joining other public transport operators to provide integrated ticketting. That'll put First Bus on the spot!
I can see it now... the 36 bus to Netham Lock, then the ferry along the Feeder into town, or maybe just to the shiny new interchange at Temple Meads. Maybe.