Roadworks planned on the South Embankment in Dartmouth will have little impact on the running of the Lower Ferry.

Dartmouth Lower Ferry travelling across the River Dart.

SHDC assure residents and visitors who use the Lower Ferry that there will be little disruption to their service during the roadworks planned for five days from Friday 18 November. 

The highways work by Devon County Council, and carried out by contractors Glendinning, will involve the resurfacing of the south embankment and will include lane closures. 

The ferry will still be able to operate during most of the works with the only exception being on Tuesday 19 November, when there will be a reduced service.  On that day, the ferry will run at peak times only between 7:00-9:30 a.m. and again between 4:30-10:55 p.m.

With winter approaching, the ferry will also be moving to its winter rota from 28 October until Easter 2020.  As previous years, this means there will be a single ferry service running during that time to allow for the annual refits of both boat floats. 

The first float, Tom Avis, will be docked for a refit from Tuesday 5 November for six weeks, followed by the Tom Casey at the beginning of February.  Hauley 5 will be returning from a major refit on Thursday with Hauley 6 starting their refit in November.

The refit, which is necessary to make sure the Maritime Coastguard Agency annual passenger certificate is maintained, is carried out annually. 

South Hams District Council's Executive Member for Enterprise, Cllr David May, said:  "We are confident the roadworks won't cause too much inconvenience to our passengers.  We're working around the roadwork timetable to make sure the service runs as uninterrupted every day. 

"During the annual refits to keep the impact low, we will be using extra staff on the single ferry to speed up the service.  This means our crossings will not be too much slower than when both units are operating. 

"I'd like to thank all the staff for their hard work over the past few weeks during the recent Higher Ferry works.  They've put in lots of early starts and late finishes during awful weather to cope with the extra demand."

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said:  "It's essential that this resurfacing work on the South Embankment is carried out. The work has been scheduled for this time of year in order to minimise disruption and we hope people bear with us while it's carried out."

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Issued: 17 October 2019