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#997517 - 7th Jan 2016 9:00pm Friends of the Mersey Ferries?
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Anyone know if the friends of the ferries is still going, I can't find anything apart from historic News articles on the internet.

The website that I presume used to belong to them just has a load of angling information and not a ferry in sight.

Haven't checked facebook/twitter etc as you can never tell which ones are "official" and which aren't on them.
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#997519 - 7th Jan 2016 9:26pm Re: Friends of the Mersey Ferries? [Re: diggingdeeper]
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I don't know how official they are but there are campaign groups on Facebook re. saving Woodside and Seacombe Ferries (if that is your reason for looking).
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#997530 - 7th Jan 2016 10:09pm Re: Friends of the Mersey Ferries? [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Originally Posted By: diggingdeeper
Anyone know if the friends of the ferries is still going, I can't find anything apart from historic News articles on the internet.

The website that I presume used to belong to them just has a load of angling information and not a ferry in sight.

Haven't checked facebook/twitter etc as you can never tell which ones are "official" and which aren't on them.
There was a meeting today but as usual have not came to any answers what will happen.
Was listening to it on that Bay tv channel earlier on xx

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#997531 - 7th Jan 2016 10:13pm Re: Friends of the Mersey Ferries? [Re: snowhite]
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I think there's some sort of protest at 11 o clock on Saturday morning at Woodside
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#997533 - 7th Jan 2016 10:20pm Re: Friends of the Mersey Ferries? [Re: starakita]
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Originally Posted By: starakita
I think there's some sort of protest at 11 o clock on Saturday morning at Woodside
Dont think they will close one or the other down in the near future Star.
Be sad if this did happen.History once again wiped out.

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#997539 - 7th Jan 2016 10:58pm Re: Friends of the Mersey Ferries? [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Here DD. Try Gordon Ditchfield. Even if it was 3 yrs ago, I'm sure he would be able to update you.

https://www.wikiwirral.co.uk/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/777656/Friends_of_the_Ferries_-_Dock_.html


Edited by granny (7th Jan 2016 10:59pm)
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#997546 - 7th Jan 2016 11:15pm Re: Friends of the Mersey Ferries? [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Cheers granny, I'm trying to think where my newsletters are.

Gordon is still active in the "Wirral transport Users Association" and is still listed as the Friends of the Ferries rep there so is probably a good person to contact.
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#997548 - 7th Jan 2016 11:52pm Re: Friends of the Mersey Ferries? [Re: starakita]
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Originally Posted By: starakita
I think there's some sort of protest at 11 o clock on Saturday morning at Woodside
There is also a protest- at some time- about Seacombe Ferry closing.

Sad, sad situation for all of us.

In my Opinion- Seacombe has the free carpark for ferry users. Probably used by business people, working in Liverpool. On the Leisure front, there is 2+ miles of waterfront to enjoy- especially for foreign visitors who do truly buzz off taking selfies of themselves with the Liverpool skyline in the background.

Other than that, there is nothing else in Seacombe to see.

The advantages of the Woodside terminal is Hamilton Square Train Station. I would think that those of you from South/ West Wirral who wish to travel to Liverpool on our Ferry could do so much easier by travelling to Hamilton Square first?
However, what and where in Woodside is there to go to ?(tourist point of view)??
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#997550 - 8th Jan 2016 1:36am Re: Friends of the Mersey Ferries? [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Maybe..just maybe, they have crucified themselves with the prices !

plus car parking charges at Woodside.



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#997551 - 8th Jan 2016 3:10am Re: Friends of the Mersey Ferries? [Re: granny]
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Maybe..just maybe, they have crucified themselves with the prices !


Yes - but who crucified OUR ferries - they belong to US, not THEM.
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#997552 - 8th Jan 2016 7:48am Re: Friends of the Mersey Ferries? [Re: diggingdeeper]
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Many years ago I went to Hong Kong and went on their ferries which are very similar to ours. Star Ferries they are called ...they were heaving with people all going over to Kowloon (I think it was) anyway as I say absolutley full up and one after the other. The fare was something like 30pence in our money and apparently had stayed that way for years. Still don't think it's too much now. I said then ours should be like this cheap as chips and full all the time sure it would generate more money in long rum. Don't think this thing of putting fares up when losing money makes sense, the trains and buses should be so cheap people want to use them...

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#997570 - 8th Jan 2016 11:14am Re: Friends of the Mersey Ferries? [Re: RUDEBOX]
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Originally Posted By: RUDEBOX
However, what and where in Woodside is there to go to ?(tourist point of view)??


Not a great deal now. From a post I made in November:

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Before I was a local and came to Liverpool on a day trip, I took the obligatory ferry trip. Got to Woodside and there was nothing, save a sign for the Grasshopper, which was closed. I and others milled around a bit, then went back to the ferry, disappointed. Some don't even get off the boat.

There needs to be more promotion of the town and the attractions nearby (Hamilton Square, Gallaghers, Italian Consulate, Birkenhead Priory, Grasshopper, the Victorian Street, the trams), a free bus to New Brighton perhaps,

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#997572 - 8th Jan 2016 12:07pm Re: Friends of the Mersey Ferries? [Re: diggingdeeper]
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I'm afraid these discussions concerning the ability of Birkenhead to attract people, be they tourists, shoppers or businesses are all avoiding talking about the elephant in the room, which is that due to lack of investment by local and central government, and the conduct of many of the inhabitants, which you could argue has been formed by social and economic deprivation, Birkenhead ( to quote my late lamented Grandmother) is a Shithole.

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#997573 - 8th Jan 2016 12:18pm Re: Friends of the Mersey Ferries? [Re: diggingdeeper]
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I think you are right in many ways Cools. However, the problem here is that commuters can't use the ferry from Woodside and the day trippers are not bountiful all year around, generally only in school holidays.
Locals are not going to pay 10 to do a 50 min trip (including the UBoat), too often, or even to use it as a form of transport , the service is not really geared up for that any longer.
Ask yourselves 'when did I last take the ferry cruise in Oct/Nov/Dec/Jan/Feb/ from Woodside ?' If you haven't or can't remember, then the chances are, that every one else's answer will be the same.
Nuff said. The ferries don't run on fresh air, and the service is not geared up for locals from Woodside.
The tourist thingy which was created with massive amounts of money from ERDF, seemed to fizzle out. A new landing stage and attraction at Seacombe, a new terminal at Pier Head and an old boat going cheap for Woodside.
Speaks volumes to me....
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#997579 - 8th Jan 2016 1:19pm Re: Friends of the Mersey Ferries? [Re: diggingdeeper]
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It seems to me that it is part of the scheme to dismantle of Birkenhead. what Hitler didn't achieve from the air has been achieved by the Town Hall.

The planners are busy grabbing Governments grant they find whether it is useful or not. Just because money is available for a project doesn't mean that the project is good for the area.

They also get bogged down with small detail and forget to look at the bigger picture.
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