[A] new ticketing system is being introduced for the Windermere Ferry by Cumbria County Council.
From Tuesday 21 June, ferry users will purchase a ticket at shore based ticket machines before boarding the ferry. This will improve the operational efficiency and safety of the ferry and enable staff to focus on the operation of the ferry during crossings.
The new roadside ticket machines will accept cash or card payments, meaning ferry users will for the first time benefit from the convenience of being able to pay by credit or debit card.
Ticket machines and signage explaining to customers how the new system will operate have been installed at Ferry Nab, Bowness, and Ferry House, Far Sawrey.
Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Highways, said: “The new ticketing arrangements will improve efficiency by enabling our staff to concentrate on operational matters, for the benefit of all ferry users. Extra staff will be on hand from Tuesday to help and advise ferry users when the new system starts tomorrow (Tuesday). This investment in a new ticketing system underlines the county council’s commitment to the Windermere Ferry, which has been operating across the lake in one form or another for hundreds of years.”
Fares for using the Windermere ferry will remain unchanged following the introduction of the new ticketing system.
The current Windermere ferry, Mallard, can carry up to 18 cars and over 100 passengers, and operates throughout the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
The ferry takes people, vehicles, horses and cycles across the lake, reducing traffic on the surrounding narrow roads and easing congestion and pollution. It also links the busy eastern shore of the lake and the peaceful countryside between Windermere and Coniston on the west, where there are many attractions and facilities for walking, riding and cycling.
Follow live webcam images of the Windermere ferry, courtesy of the Freshwater Biological Association: http://www.fba.org.uk/ferry-cam