It’s official, we’re getting a new Mersey Ferry!

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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

In case you haven’t already heard, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, recently announced the fantastic news that the first new Mersey Ferry for more than 60 years will be built on the banks of the River Mersey! 

After a year of negotiations, an agreement was reached between the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Cammel Laird to build a brand-new Mersey Ferry. The new ferry will be designed to provide passengers with greater comfort, accessibility, and an overall improved experience. There are also plans for upgrade works to one of the existing vessels to improve its performance and reliability.   

During the visit to Cammel Laird’s shipyard, Mayor Steve Rotheram met with the team of engineering apprentices who will be helping to build the vessel and signed a contract that pledges the multimillion-pound project - guaranteeing the future our of world-famous ferries for generations to come! 

Fun fact...

Did you know that Cammell Laird has built 15 Mersey Ferries’ vessels, dating back to 1836 as well as helping to maintain the current vessels? 

 We’re really excited about this announcement and we can’t wait to share updates with you, so keep an eye on our social media channels.

Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram said: 

“It’s always been my ambition to build our new ferry here in the Liverpool City Region, ensuring that we can retain the well-paid jobs and training opportunities it will create for local people. That’s why we’ve taken our time, working in partnership with trade unions, to make sure this doesn’t just deliver best value for money – but best value for our residents too.

“It has taken a Herculean effort to reach this agreement that will bring the first new ferry to the Mersey in over 60 years – that’s before Gerry and the Pacemakers even recorded the song that would help make them world famous!

“Hundreds of thousands of people, both from the region and visitors from further afield, use the Mersey Ferries every year - but the current vessels are more and more difficult to maintain. With this investment we will guarantee the future of the iconic Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey for generations to come.”