Waterbuses could take to the Clyde

29 Feb 2008

A study has been launched to assess the viability of developing a waterbus commuter service on the River Clyde.

MVA Consultancy has been commissioned - along with partners Transport Research Institute, Saltire Management, Natural Capital and Warman Consult - to carry-out the work on behalf of Glasgow City Council which represents a group of local authorities in the West of Scotland.

The study will explore how the River Clyde can be used for public transport services similar to other networks deployed in London, Sydney and New York.

This would see the development of a commuter service linking Glasgow and the Clyde Estuary as well as providing additional tourist networks to Loch Lomand and the Trossachs National Park, Loch Long, Loch Goil and Rothesay.

Reviewing best practice from across the world, MVA will assess the likely demand for such a service as well as opportunities to integrate with existing transport services.

The study will also provide recommendations for feasible service patterns, vessel specifications and assess the economic viability of the services.

The findings are expected to be delivered by the end of March.

MVA project director Neill Birch said: "There are many examples of waterbus services in cities across the world which have proven to be a viable proposition.
"We will review the best practice from several case studies and draw upon these in the context of Glasgow.
"This scheme offers potential to enhance the use of the River Clyde and open up public transport linkages between locations which are currently poor or non-existent.
"In particular, cross river public transport movements would be significantly boosted by the introduction of waterbus services.
"Opportunities for interchange with other modes of transport are also being explored to ensure waterbus services integrate with existing transport networks."

  • Former waterbus service on the Clyde