Mersey Ferries to remain suspended as problems continue

Mersey Ferries will remain suspended as problems with the service continue.

On Monday, a statement released on social media revealed there would be no commuter or River Explorer sailings on Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26. Ferry bosses confirmed replacement bus services would be put in place for both the morning and afternoon commuter services between Seacombe Ferry Terminal and Hamilton Square station in Wirral, with ferry tickets accepted.

A spokesperson for the Mersey Ferries team explained that the problem centred on a short delay on their passenger licencing approvals, which meant they could not have two boats on the water.

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The team, which is part of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said they had therefore taken the "tough choice" to suspend River Explorer and direct cross-river services until June 27 in order to fulfil their commitment to Manchester Ship Canal Cruise passengers.

Today, the Mersey Ferries team told the ECHO that services were not able to return yet and the suspension would continue.

A spokesperson from Mersey Ferries, said: “Mersey Ferries are disappointed with the levels of services we have offered on the river this week. Over the past 12 months, we have prided ourselves on the levels of service provision (over 95%), and punctuality (again over 95%) – all of this achieved in what are challenging maritime conditions and with vessels that are over 60 years old.

“The technical issues we have encountered this week are complex and the teams are working really hard to rectify such. We remain confident that these remain short terms issues and we will revert to our usual levels of service within days.”

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