Covid-secure measures ensure social distancing on the Shields Ferry

The Spirit of the Tyne
19 May 2020

The Shields Ferry has Covid-secure measures in place to ensure that social distancing is maintained by passengers and crew.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages the cross-Tyne service, has carried out detailed work to meet the standards set down by the Government as lockdown restrictions are eased.

Covid-secure measures on the ferry include new signage, floor markings and customer information throughout the two vessels – Pride of the Tyne and Spirit of the Tyne.

Some seats have been taped off to create space for the two-metre social distance.

Boarding ramps have new markings for social distancing and the crew will control access and boarding.

A Perspex screen has been erected where passengers pay to get on board.

People are still advised to only travel on the Shields Ferry where a journey is essential, such as for work if you cannot do so from home, and where you can’t walk, cycle or use a car. 

The ferry can carry a maximum of four bikes only. Cyclists out for leisure trips are advised not to use the service.

Shields Ferry Manager, Carol Timlin, said: “We have completed a huge amount of work to ensure that our ferries meet the Covid-Secure standard.

“A range of measures are now in place to ensure that we can maintain social distancing on our services, this includes new signage and layouts.

“Passengers should only travel on the ferry if the journey is essential such as for work if you cannot do so from home, and where you can’t walk, cycle or use a car. 

“Passengers should continue to keep two metres from other people as much as possible, with a face covering – such as a scarf or mask – providing an extra layer of protection when it is not always possible to do this.

“We are making sure the Shields Ferry is cleaned to the highest standard, and that there is clear information on how to distance as you travel.”

The ferry is running a regular timetable – and from Monday May 18 is operating from 6.45am to 7.30pm, Monday to Saturday, with a 30-minute frequency in place.

Later evening crossings normally timetabled to operate on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings remain suspended until further notice.

The ferry is still not operating on Sundays.

Only card payments are currently accepted on board.

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