Dorset County Council to consider water transport system

Dorset Echo: WELCOME MOVE: Coun Toni Coombs WELCOME MOVE: Coun Toni Coombs

DORSET County Council is floating the idea of a waterborne transport system for the Jurassic Coast.

The authority is set to be involved in a £2.8million bid to the Coastal Communities Fund for a commuter and tourist waterborne passenger transport service.

The focus of the project will be a service connecting Bournemouth, Poole, Studland and Swanage and a hopper service between West Bay and Exmouth in Devon.

A report considered by Dorset County Council’s cabinet revealed that journeys on coastal roads in Dorset and East Devon had risen by up to 34 per cent in the last 11 years and the possibility of a waterborne alternative form of transport had long been considered.

Deputy director for environment Mike Harries said: “It has been a long held aspiration to develop waterborne transport along the Dorset and East Devon coast.”

Cabinet member for highways and transport Peter Finney added: “It is something we should pursue, it’s been an ambition for some time to get some commuter and leisure transport in that area and I think it’s worthwhile if we get it off the ground.”

Cabinet member for children’s services Toni Coombs said she welcomed the proposal as it would offer increased opportunities for youngsters from Swanage to travel to Poole and Bournemouth for education.

If the bid is successful it will receive funding for two years from January 2013 to run the scheme and develop necessary infrastructure.

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12:45pm Tue 11 Sep 12

lostnfound says...

Here we go again, a Council bid for £2.8million of public money to fund provision of a few boats that would already be there commercially if a demand remotely existed, if this is such a good idea, why hasn't some businessman entrepreneur not thought of it before?
Of course, I forgot why this is such a good idea, it would use OPM (other peoples money).
Another ambitious idea from suits and ties who have no serious brain matter, after all the other ambitious enterprises attempted by our local Councillors it's obvious which way this one will go.
Will they never learn to keep their greasy fingers away from anything that they have neither the skill or business sense to complete.
What will happen as an alternative if the weather is inclement? Oh yes, those obsolescent things called railway trains, omnibuses and cars would still be there.
At the end of the sea trip, how do they then get to their offices? By bus or train?
Here we go again, a Council bid for £2.8million of public money to fund provision of a few boats that would already be there commercially if a demand remotely existed, if this is such a good idea, why hasn't some businessman entrepreneur not thought of it before? Of course, I forgot why this is such a good idea, it would use OPM (other peoples money). Another ambitious idea from suits and ties who have no serious brain matter, after all the other ambitious enterprises attempted by our local Councillors it's obvious which way this one will go. Will they never learn to keep their greasy fingers away from anything that they have neither the skill or business sense to complete. What will happen as an alternative if the weather is inclement? Oh yes, those obsolescent things called railway trains, omnibuses and cars would still be there. At the end of the sea trip, how do they then get to their offices? By bus or train? lostnfound
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9:12pm Tue 11 Sep 12

portland rebel says...

they obviously have no concept of the cost of running boats.
they obviously have no concept of the cost of running boats. portland rebel
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1:51am Wed 12 Sep 12

lostnfound says...

portland rebel says...
"they obviously have no concept of the cost of running boats."

Or the speed at which passenger boats normally travel?
portland rebel says... "they obviously have no concept of the cost of running boats." Or the speed at which passenger boats normally travel? lostnfound
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11:22pm Fri 14 Sep 12

ETV says...

Well said lostnfound.
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Water transport is used when there are no road links, such as to cross the channel to reach the Channel Islands or France, not where there are perfectly good (fast) road and rail links.
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The council are absolutely mental.
Well said lostnfound. . Water transport is used when there are no road links, such as to cross the channel to reach the Channel Islands or France, not where there are perfectly good (fast) road and rail links. . The council are absolutely mental. ETV
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