Bristol Community Ferry Boats

HOME 5 Case Study 5 Bristol Community Ferry Boats
Beating the traffic with a 365 day community boat service

Organisation type

Community Transport

Award amount


Award date

August 2016

Key objectives & Outcomes

Grant Purpose

The grant will enable the purchase of an electric ferry boat to replace a 90-year-old boat, and develop training and community outreach programmes.

Better access to services

Bristol traffic is notorious, with 50,000 people travelling into the centre by car every day, so more and more people are commuting by ferry. Over 124,000 people use the Bristol Ferry Boats a year.

Accountable to the local community

Bristol Community Ferry Boats has 875 members who saved the ferries in 2013 by buying shares in the company. Each member has one vote at AGMs and has the opportunity to become a board member.