Bell Island ferry’s problems not going away

The Department of Transportation and Works announced in January it was cutting seven crossings from the Bell Island ferry run. The schedule came into effect in early February and reduced the number of ferries running from mid-morning to mid-afternoon from two to one. When the schedule cuts were first announced,Reg Durdle said, he and the Heritage Society he chairs were concerned, but didn’t expect a huge impact on business. But now the island is seeing some concerning effects. “In June a good portion of our numbers are school tours … but this year our numbers are down, 41 per cent actually. Several schools have cancelled their tours because they’re afraid of getting over here (and getting stranded), like you would. You don’t want to get stuck over here with a busload of kids,” Durdle said. Wabana Mayor Gary Gosine is expecting to meet with government representatives later this week to discuss the ongoing problems.

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