Shields Ferry back in service after a £250,000 refit

The Pride of the Tyne ferry is back in service after a �250,000 refit.
The Pride of the Tyne ferry is back in service after a �250,000 refit.

An iconic Tyne passenger ferry has undergone a £250,000 refit, so she will be able to criss-cross the river for many more years.

Pride of the Tyne has had her engines overhauled in a programme of work which also included improvements to her passenger facilities.

This is the biggest refit of Pride of the Tyne since she was launched over 20 years ago. This prolongs her service life on the River Tyne and improves reliability.

Carol Timlin, Shields Ferry manager

It is the biggest refit Pride of the Tyne has had since her launch in 1993.

She was one of the last vessels to be built at the Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend.

The work has seen gearboxes replaced and metal corrosion repaired, as well as improvements to the PA system and the toilets.

Shields Ferry Manager Carol Timlin said: “This is the biggest refit of Pride of the Tyne since she was launched over 20 years ago.

“This prolongs her service life on the River Tyne and improves reliability.

“It means we can always have one ferry in operation and another one as a spare.

“This also enables us to provide our exciting summer of river cruises on the Shields Ferry.

“Both engines and the spare engine have received major overhauls and have new parts, including new propeller blades.

“This reduces the risk of mechanical breakdowns and repair timescales in the event of accidental damage to the blades.

“The on-board public address system and the toilets have been upgraded to enhance the customer experience on river trips.

“Even though we purchased a new Shields ferry in 2007 for £1.9m, it has always been vital to keep Pride of the Tyne in use for many more years to come.”

The Shields Ferry service, which has been operated by Nexus since 1972, carries half a million passengers a year between North and South Shields.