Shields Ferry resumes on Sundays as lockdown eases

Spirit of the Tyne
29 May 2020

The Shields Ferry has resumes services on Sundays as lockdown restrictions start to ease.

Nexus, the public body which owns and operates the ferry, resumed normal operations from Sunday May 31.

The Sunday service will operate to the normal timetable, with the first ferry leaving South Shields 10.15am, and the last ferry leaving North Shields at 6pm.

Cyclists are being advised distancing measures mean there is a limit of four bikes per crossing on board vessels. People travelling in groups may be asked to wait for later crossings, and should use the Tyne Pedestrian and Cycling Tunnel as an alternative.

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

Shields Ferry Manager, Carol Timlin, said: “Now that the lockdown restrictions are easing we are bringing back operations on a Sunday.

“The message to customers is that the ferry is there when people need to use it, for work, shopping or to visit family.

“Cyclists who are out for leisure trips should avoid using the service. This is so that we have the room on board for social distancing for passengers who need to travel. 

“The ferry is very popular with cyclists, especially in the summer, but it is vital that they follow this advice until lockdown restrictions are eased further.”

The ferry 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.

Only card payments are currently accepted on board.

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 closed 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.

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