An amphibious bus may replace the Renfrew Ferry

February 6, 2010

Renfrew Ferry which is to be discontinued on March 31, after 500 years in service may be replaced with An amphibious bus.

The bus-cum-boat is being tested and is about to be unveiled as the new Clyde ferry. The Dutch-built £700,000 bus can carry up to 50 passengers.

It will run by road from Braehead then switch to twin water jets as it runs down the slipway into the river at Renfrew. The vehicle will re-emerge at Yoker before completing its journey to Clydebank.

If the trial is a success, i amphibious bus could end up being used to provide water links across Scotland.

CEO Brian Souter said: “This would provide a seamless bus link between two communities. Passengers can use the amfibus to travel over road and water without having to leave the comfort of their seat to change from a bus to a ferry. It shows the potential of Scotland’s rivers and estuaries to be links rather than barriers to travel and we are looking forward to testing the technology on the Clyde.”

The Renfrew Amfibus will use existing slipways already being used by the Renfrew Rose and Yoker Swan ferries.

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