New daily ferry launches between Saltash and Royal William Yard

A new daily ferry service has been introduced between Plymouth and Saltash. Plymouth Boat Trips has announced that, following a successful trial ferry service and public survey run in partnership with Saltash Town Council, a new daily water transport link between Plymouth’s Royal William Yard and Saltash was put in place on Friday.

The 70-capacity foot ferry will depart every 1.5 hours from Royal William Yard Marina, stopping at Jubilee Pontoon. Potential plans are also in place for a connecting bus service, dependent on numbers, to provide transport directly into Saltash town centre.

Owner of Plymouth Boat Trips, Ben Squire, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Saltash Town Council to deliver this important new service for commuters and tourists alike. It has long been our aim to grow our network of ferry routes across Plymouth and Cornwall and this is another very positive step on that journey.”

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The Royal William Yard to Saltash Ferry service begins as Plymouth Boat Trips simultaneously launches its advanced online booking system, covering all services including cruises, ferries, and fishing trips. Ferry tickets can now be booked online, up to and including the day of travel, via the Plymouth Boat Trips website.

Ben added: “Water transport is not only an enjoyable way to travel, but is also a more sustainable choice, meaning less traffic and congestion on our roads and with our recently introduced online booking system, it’s even easier to take the ferry.”

It is hoped that the new water link will help to drive footfall between Plymouth’s iconic Royal William Yard as well as Saltash, to help boost the local economy at both destinations.

The Chairman of Saltash Town Council, Councillor Julia Peggs said: “I am delighted that following the survey results from the transport connectivity day the new ferry will be in operation.

“The Town Council is pleased to be working in partnership with Plymouth Boat Trips to offer an additional form of transport to residents and visitors, and our aim is to further grow transport links into the town centre.”

Councillor Peggs thanked Cornwall Council, Urban Splash and Plymouth City Council for their support in the new venture and went on to say: “Saltash provides a perfect escape for those looking to experience the serene charm of Cornish life.”

Richard Williams-Pears, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, said: “We’re committed to putting the infrastructure in place to help residents make more sustainable choices about how they travel and to support councils such as Saltash in their work. Reducing the number of journeys made by car isn’t just good for our environment – it’s good for our health too.

“Earlier this year we introduced the Beryl e-bike share in Saltash and the great news is that with Beryl docking bays close to Jubilee Pontoon and Royal William Yard in Plymouth, passengers can hire them for their onward journeys.”

Cllr Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Transport at Plymouth City Council, added: “It is great news to hear about the new ferry service. This will help provide an extra travel link between Saltash and Plymouth for those who would like to visit for shopping and family days out.”

The full timetable is available on both Plymouth Boat Trips website and Saltash Town Council website.