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SALFORD MEDIACITYUK WATER TAXIS COST RISES TO ALMOST £1MILLION
 

Star date: 23rd July 2013

ALMOST £1MILLION OF PUBLIC MONEY FOR MEDIA CITY WATER TAXI STOPS

The cost to the public purse of putting in place five stops for the forthcoming Water Taxis which will run from The Lowry Hotel to MediaCityUK and Salford Quays has now mushroomed to £941,020 from £756,000 quoted six months ago.

While the stops, or `landing stages' are being paid for by public money, both the preferred operator of the Water Taxis and Peel Ports, which owns the actual water stretch, are private profit making companies.

Full details here…


It was only in February this year that Salford Star reported the "massive" total cost to the public of handing out £756,000 to fund landing stages for the oft hyped Water Taxis, or Waxis, running between Chapel Wharf, near The Lowry Hotel, and MediaCityUK (see previous Salford Star article – click here).

That cost has now risen to an even more massive £941,020, due to "more complex and the technical challenges of installing infrastructure to mitigate against low and high water levels, the condition of existing river walls, the requirement for dredging and the desire to ensure DDA compliant bridge access to the landing stages", according to the latest Salford City Council report on the project.

While most of the money is coming from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) funds, via the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), both Salford and Trafford Councils are contributing towards the cost.

While the LSTF is coughing up £801,560, Salford Council is paying £24,460 (up from £22,500), and Trafford Council is chucking in £115,000 to make sure there's a landing stage for the waxi to stop at the Imperial War Museum North.

Urban Vision lands a £27,332 `delivery and supervision fee' from the deal, while Birse gets a contract worth £841,297 for the actual construction of the five waxi stops which will cost well over £150,000 each.

While the public pays for the landing stages, the actual preferred operator of the service will be a private profit making company, and Peel Ports, which owns the waterway, will also eventually cash in. Huge property company, Bruntwood, also owns the land where the Chapel Wharf /Lowry Hotel stop will be based.

Already, Agecroft Rowing Club, is objecting to the waxis, as its rowers - including those training for the Rio 2016 Olympics - use the route on a daily basis. 

The five waxi stops, or landing stages, are Chapel Wharf, Ordsall Hall waterfront, Old Trafford, Imperial War Museum and MediaCityUK. The waxi service is intending to start running in Easter 2014

 

 

 

not happy wrote
at 06:33:58 on 24 July 2013
This is taken from Salford council;; don’t it make good reading all this is going to give every body a job in Salford. No more food banks help for the vulnerable and needy. So will that happen no I don’t think so where is all this money going to;; well it’s not the real people of Salford is it, all the cuts that are going on all over the Country and this money coming from E R D F isn’t it nice to know that Europe is looking after some of us in the North West but I think it could be spent better on the real people of Salford. It is anticipated that the water taxi service will be operational by Easter 2014. Isn’t that nice to know that’s going to make a lot of difference to my life and sure to a lot of people in Salford • Connections between the employment and visitor centres that will enhance and increase economic connectivity and accessibility to support future economic growth; • New premier public realm and place-making to reinforce and underpin the Regional Centre's economic and social resurgence, and strengthen its economic vitality, environmental quality and ability to attract substantial housing and commercial investment; and A sustainable continuous routeway and transport corridor from MediaCityUK to the heart of the Regional Centre and beyond that will contribute significantly to the creation of a European Regional Development Fund single destination for businesses, residents and visitors Managed by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), between 2007 and 2013 the north west of England will receive a total of £521 million (dependent on exchange rate) from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). • Key targets for the north west operational programme include: Creating 26,700 net additional jobs by 2015 • Generating £1.17 billion additional annual GVA by 2015 • Supporting a 25% reduction in addition CO2 emissions generated by the ERDF programme For further information please visit the European Regional Development Fun single destination for businesses, residents and visitors website. d
 
Kenneth w mckelvey wrote
at 06:31:57 on 24 July 2013
Salfordcouncil tax payers are struggling with filthy pavements /Illegal dumping /dog dirt /litter/cuts to vital services. Then we have the other side/ over paid fat cats/ to many councillors/.Lord Mayor and his entourage /Spicer/ And money to burn for vanity projects.Why do Salford tax payers have to pay in for a private company to take out all the profits.From the Water Taxies.
 
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