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Money Well Spent to Cross the Dart

Crossing over the River Dart by Dartmouth Lower Ferry is still the most beautiful way to travel and you can do it by car or motorbike for as little as £6.50.

A picture of the Dartmouth Lower Ferry.

For the first time in two years, South Hams District Council will change its ferry fees to cover the cost of fuel increases and ongoing maintenance costs. The changes in fees will apply from Thursday 1 April.

However, the Council are quick to reassure residents and businesses, that the rise has been kept as low as possible to help recovery following the Covid pandemic, and travel by the Lower Ferry is still the cheapest option to cross the river with a vehicle.

The small increase includes 50p per journey for cars and motorcycles, with a £2 increase for light goods and commercial vehicles, all rises that are still competitively priced. For frequent travellers across the river, there are always options to buy the multi-trip tickets in packs of 10, 20 and 40, which give greater discounts. Business fleet tags are still on offer too, so there are plenty of choices available.

A spokesperson from South Hams District Council, said: "We haven't had an increase for two years and we're really pleased with that. This increase is as low as we can absolutely make it, while covering fuel increases and maintenance costs, because we know that it's been a really horribly tough year for everyone and we really don't want to make it any harder.

"Like everyone else, we've had a difficult year too, but we're here to provide a valuable service to our community and to our visitors and we're dedicated to doing just that."  

Item FeeCost 2020Cost 2021

Adult Single (Foot Passenger)

£1.50

£1.50

Adult Return (Same Day)

n/a

£3.00

Under 16 Single (Foot Passenger)

£1.00

£1.00

Under 16 Return (Same Day)

n/a

£2.00

Motorcycles

£3.00

£3.50

Cars/Car Derived Van (<2000kg)

£6.00

£6.50

Cars/Car Derived Van (Return)

£10.00

£11.00

Light Commercial Vehicle (<3500kg)

£6.00

£8.00

Light Goods Vehicle (>3500kg <7500kg)

£10.00

£12.00

Car and caravan/trailer

£12.00

£13.00

Multi-trip concessions

 

 

Passenger 20 single tickets

£20.00

£20.00

Passenger 40 single tickets

£25.00

£30.00

Motorcycle 20 single tickets

£25.00

£30.00

Cars/Car Derived Van 10 single tickets

£20.00

£25.00

Cars/Car Derived Van 20 single tickets

£30.00

£35.00

Cars/Car Derived Van 40 single tickets

£52.00

£60.00

Light Commercial Vehicle 10

n/a

£30.00

Light Commercial Vehicle 20

n/a

£40.00

Light Commercial Vehicle 40

n/a

£70.00

Fleet tags

 

 

Cars/Car Derived Van

£1.35

£1.50

Light Commercial Vehicle

n/a

£1.75


To find out more about the Lower Ferry and its timetable, go to: www.southhams.gov.uk/dartmouthlowerferry

Issued: 16 March 2021

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