plans for Burnham to Wales passenger ferry service unveiled
new plans to launch a cross-channel passenger ferry service between
Burnham-On-Sea and Wales have been unveiled this week, with the
promise of delivering a "significant economic boost."
Chris Marrow has announced proposals to begin trials of a new
service between Burnham and Cardiff later this year.
his plans, Mr Marrow says: "Ferry services to Wales provide
the potential to provide a significant boost to the economy of
Burnham-On-Sea, Brean and Sedgemoor."
new community interest company, called South and West Coastal
Projects, is being formed to run the commercial operation and
oversee the trials.
Marrow added: "Burnham and the surrounding areas suffer from
many of the issues affecting coastal communities and are undoubtedly
in need of an economic boost. It is well documented that ferry
services linking communities help drive economic growth."
direct strategic link to South Wales - 16.5 miles by sea but over
60 by car - will open direct access to a market of over 1.5million
in the South Wales corridor."
order to launch the service, he is seeking funding from Burnham
and Highbridge Town Council, Sedgemoor District Council and firms
in the private sector.
at a town council meeting on Wednesday, Cllr Neville Jones (pictured
with Mr Marrow) told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "He is keen to start
the trials this year and is asking the council to consider providing
is seeking to raise £25,000, but is not seeking the whole
amount from the Town Council. If the trials are successful, the
ferry service would start a commercial operation in 2013. I am
fully behind the plans, which would deliver a financial boost
for Burnham, bringing extra shoppers, commuters and holidaymakers
to the town."
Marrow originally unveiled plans for a ferry operation called
Severn Link four years ago, which we featured here,
although the scheme never got off the ground due to funding issues.
Marrow says the brand new proposals will involve the creation
of a "community-led project operated on a highly commercial
and sustainable basis, but in a not-for-profit business."
project would not just provide a regular scheduled service, but
also the sale of packaged trips - for example, these might include
a trip from the heart of Cardiff city centre to Cheddar Caves
at an inclusive price."
has the support of a significant number of local business people
who recognise the economic, environmental and cultural benefits
that will accrue."
Town Council's Policy and Finance Committee is to consider the
plans in more detail later this Spring.
Cllr Neville Jones with businessman Chris Marrow, who is planning
the launch of a passenger ferry between Burnham and Wales