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Storm Damage at Seacombe Ferry Terminal

Photographs  Peter Challis & John H. Luxton 2013

Following the storm and tidal surge of Thursday December 05, 2013 Mersey Ferries calls at Seacombe were suspended until Tuesday December 10 due to serious damage sustained in the terminal building. Services recommenced on the Tuesday with tickets on sale in the Spaceport Reception and passengers accessing Seacombe Landing Stage via the southern service bridge. As can be seen the flooring of the terminal has suffered severe damage and Peter reports there are some holes through which water can be seen!
Photographs below were taken on December 14, showing the southern service bridge in use and the northern passenger bridge out of use. The service bridge had originally been the goods traffic bridge in the days of Wallasey Corporation operation providing access to the vehicle ferries or "luggage boats" as they were known. In 1926 a dedicated floating roadway was provided south of this bridge for the growing vehicle traffic. [The floating road bridge had a short life being removed following the end of the vehicle ferry service in 1947.  The site the floating roadway occupied is now occupied by part of the present main car park.] Following construction of the floating roadway the present service bridge became the arrivals bridge following completion of the present terminal building completed in 1933, with the present passenger bridge being used for departures. However, as ferry traffic declined the south bridge has since the 1960s only been used for vehicle access to the stage and very occasional passenger use.   It is thus something of a rare event for passengers being able to use this bridge and worth recording for posterity!
Views of the southern bridge (above) and the northern bridge out of use following the storm damage, below.
 

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