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Covid-19: Essential ferry services supported in Cornwall

Covid-19: Essential ferry services supported in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:05am 20th April 2020.

Cornwall Council has stepped in to help three essential ferry services operating in Cornwall amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials say the ferries provide vital transport links for key workers and emergency services.

As people have been observing the travel restrictions put in place during the Covid-19 lockdown period, the number of journeys on the three ferry services has dropped dramatically and threatened their viability.  

The services are:

    1. The King Harry Ferry - which provides a vital link to The Roseland for key workers, children still attending school and the emergency services, who would otherwise face a 27 mile diversion through Truro and Tresillian to access the Roseland and St Mawes.
    2. Bodinnick Ferry (Vehicular) - which crosses the River Fowey between Bodinnick and Fowey and saves around a 16 mile road journey via Lostwithiel.
    3. Polruan Ferry (Passenger) – which also crosses  the River Fowey between Polruan and Fowey and provides essential access and 17.5 miles on a road journey via Lostwithiel.

“We have responded to requests from the ferry companies to step in and safeguard these services which are vital for key worker and the emergency services.”

“We will be claiming the grant back from the Government but have decided to step in and act immediately to ensure the services keeps running.”

Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown

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