Water taxis set for Monday launch

Bookings are now being taken for Manchester’s much anticipated water taxis, which are to start operating on the Bridgewater Canal from next week.

Services will run between Castlefield, Old Trafford, the Trafford Centre and Sale, with direct services between each of these, with the exception of the journey between Sale and the Trafford Centre. Each journey time is between 30 and 45 minutes and services are scheduled through the day between 8am and 6pm.

Weekly and monthly passes are available on commuter services running between Sale and Manchester, costing £35 and £95 respectively. The service includes complimentary coffee, WiFi and USB charging points. There is also an annual pass offering unlimited travel, priced at £1,135.

The business is also marketing special offers, including services from Sale to midweek Manchester United matches and VIP shopping trips to the Trafford Centre.

Manchester Water Taxis, headed by Steven Cadwell, was awarded a licence to operate two boats by the Bridgewater Canal Company, part of Peel Land & Property, in June this year.

Cadwell, who is backed by private investors and supported by NatWest’s Entrepreneurial Spark business accelerator programme, told Place North West: “Hopefully once people see the boats on the water it will catch the imagination. We’re talking about heritage tours and other possibilities. Ultimately, once the Ordsall Chord piling work is completed we’d like to look again at our original plan of services between the city centre and Salford Quays – people could potentially travel into Victoria from Yorkshire and then go straight through to MediaCityUK by water.”

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Cool; hope it’s a success.

By Mizzer

Really wish Manchester would stop trying to copy London, this just isn’t going to work and the prices are ridiculous – £35 for a week where its going to take you 40mins to get to work is a joke

By CitySpotter

I for one think its a great and exciting idea and wish them the best of luck! Such a different way to get around the City and the surrounds.

By Notcityspotter

A nice little idea. If people will pay nearly £40 pounds to go on a mersey ferry up the sometimes bleak ship canal, surely there should be enough demand to support a smaller vessel charging a fraction of that?

By Gillespie

Will last five minutes…..

By Schwyz

Interesting idea, presumably the investors have done their sums. Where exactly are they proposing to dock near the Trafford Centre, Sale and the city centre though?

By Iceberg

All the luck in the world to Steven and his Team – a great idea and what a fabulous way to get to work in a relaxing manner? If there are plans for weekend Leisure services, I for one will be an early customer!! Ignore the doubters – this should be a great success and deserves support!!

By David Sleath

What a pathetic idea ??? We are not Venice we are MANCHESTER

By Mancpie

Wow, some pessimistic grumpy so and so’s here.
Best of luck to them.

By Popcorn

Popcorn wins thread prize for saying “so and so’s….”. Always a mark of a quality person.

By Mizzer

I’m definitely softening in my old age…

By Popcorn

Good luck to them. Hope it’s easily accessible for the disabled.

By Edge

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