Burnham to Wales passenger ferry service are halted
to launch a commercial passenger ferry service between Burnham-On-Sea
and Wales have been halted, the businessman behind the ambitious
plans has said this week.
Severn Link service had intended to operate ferries between Burnham,
Cardiff and other Bristol Channel destinations, but the scheme
has hit the rocks.
entrepreneur behind the plans, Chris Marrow, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
this week: "The project has been 'put on ice'. We'd hoped
to complete our ferry trials and viability study by now, but things
have not gone to plan."
had two ships along with crews being trained ready to go into
service but the Welsh government pulled the plug on our landing
facilities and several of our key shareholders have pulled out."
added: "I would still love to see a commercial ferry service
operating around the Bristol Channel. It's a busy waterway with
big populations all around it, so the potential is still there
and it would deliver great economic benefits to towns such as
need investors to get behind it again, but in this economic climate
that's a big challenge."
councillors in Burnham this week reacted with dismay to the news.
Mayor Martin Cox said: "I am disappointed that the plans
have not been able to proceed. This is a project I would really
like to see go ahead. It would be great for Burnham."
year, town councillors earmarked £2,500 towards funding
a ferry service viability study plus the ferry trials in the hope
that the service would boost local tourism and bring new visitors
to the town from Wales. Councillors have this week voted to keep
the funding in 'reserves' and they will review the position in
a year's time.
Dennis Davey says he thinks the scheme could yet still go ahead
in the future with financial backing from EDF if its Hinkley Point
C project goes ahead.
don't think the project is completely dead - it might benefit
from EDF funding in the future," he said.