Woolwich Ferry (2)

MQT on 2019-10-17
Session date: 
October 17, 2019
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I understand that on the 29th and 30th May 2019 the Ben Woolcott Woolwich ferry was unavailable with the reason being ‘Hybrid trials’. Can it be clarified why such trials only took place on these dates and does the existence of such trials on these dates mean that the boat was not operating in hybrid mode from the date it started to operate?


Answer for Woolwich Ferry (2)
Woolwich Ferry (2)

Woolwich Ferry (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There have been issues with the power management system on the new ferries. Because of this it has not been possible to optimise the use of the batteries as the manufacturer originally stated. The trials in May were to ensure this was rectified once other reliability issues had been addressed.