Shields Ferry will not be operating evening crossings between Monday and Saturday for two weeks.
Nexus, the company that owns and operates the ferry, said it was shrinking to a 12-hour schedule due to a lack of crew availability. However, a plan is in place to ensure the restoration of the full schedule from Monday July 25th.
The changes mean that the last ferry crossing from North Shields will be at 6pm, from this Monday July 11, until Saturday July 23.
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However, every Sunday services will run until 7pm due to summer concerts taking place at Bents Park in South Shields on July 10, 17 and 24.
Customer service manager Huw Lewis said: “Reducing services is the last thing we want to do, but by planning a small reduction in service we hope to avoid cancellations at short notice and so our customers can better know what to expect and plan. their journeys with confidence in the weeks to come.
“We have been working to ensure a service is in place until 7pm for each of the Sunday concerts at Bents Park to ensure customers can use the service to return home.
“We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes our customers.”
Shields Ferry’s temporary timetable will mean the first crossing of the day will still be at 6.45am, Monday to Saturday, but the last crossings will be at 5:45 p.m. from South Shields and 6 p.m. from North Shields.