Minister Mallon announces resumption of normal schedule on the Strangford Ferry

Date published: 06 August 2020

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has welcomed the resumption of a normal schedule on the Strangford Ferry from Monday 10 August 2020.

Strangford Ferry

Minister Mallon said:

“Since April, in response to the Covid-19 public health emergency, it was necessary to operate reduced sailings across Strangford Lough. I am pleased to announce that a normal schedule can be put back in place starting from Monday 10 August.   

“While this means a return to the normal ferry timetable, passengers are reminded that the service will continue to be operated in line with public health advice regarding social distancing measures, which means reduced capacity on board. Passengers are also reminded of the requirement to keep vehicle windows closed or wear a face-covering if in the passenger compartment while using the service. Payment will continue to be accepted by contactless card or ferry SmartCard only. The health and safety of passengers and crew is of paramount importance at all times. 

“This is a very popular service and I am grateful to the local community for their support and patience during these unprecedented times.”   

Notes to editors: 

  1. In order to ensure the safety of passengers the ferry can only sail if the minimum complement of competent crew required by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency is on board. 
  2. Information about the Strangford Ferry timetable and the mandatory requirement to wear a face-covering on indoor spaces on public transport is available from nidirect: www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/safer-travel-guidance-public-transport-users-walkers-cyclists-drivers
  3. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office at: press.office@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk.
  4. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hour’s service for media enquiries between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.
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