Nexus, the operator of the cross-Tyne Shields Ferry service announced that the ferry would not be running between North Shields and South Shields on the afternoon of Friday, November 8 due to repair work being carried out on the North Shields ferry landing following structural damage.
However, on Monday, November 11, it was confirmed that structural damage caused to the North Shields jetty required urgent repair and the service needs to remain suspended.
This closure is expected to continue for up to one month which Nexus says is “in the interests of safety.”
A replacement bus service running every half hour between South Shields ferry landing and North Shields landing via the Tyne Tunnel is provided to passengers during this time.
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Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “Significant storm damage has been found on our North Shields landing. We will need to keep the ferry closed for up to a month while we carry out urgent repairs.
“The damage to the structure of the jetty has been accelerated by bad weather. It needs to remain closed to the public as a safety precaution until these extensive repair works are completed.
“We are providing a frequent replacement bus service via Tyne Tunnel so that passengers can make their journeys with as little disruption as possible until we can re-open the ferry.”
This is where to find the replacement buses.
The replacement buses will run on the hour and on the half hour from each ferry landing matching the usual ferry times from North Shields.
However, these times are not the same as the normal ferry times from South Shields because it takes longer than the ferry to travel between the two landings.
The buses will depart from the bus stop on Ferry Street in South Shields located outside BT.
They will leave North Shields from the bus stop on North Quay at the ferry landing.
Find more information on the Nexus website and the ferry’s Facebook page.