Nightmare road journeys into Manchester City Centre may soon be a memory, as one local entrepreneur prepares to launch a fleet of water taxis, or ‘waxis’.
The brainchild of Manchester Water Taxis owner Steve Cadwell, the waxi frames are currently being built in Qingdao, China, before being brought to Britain where the engines will be installed.
The waxis are primarily intended to target the cities tourists rather than commuters, and will travel between Sale and the Bridgewater Hall, with a stop at Old Trafford as well. The right equipment, such as fairing fillers from Merrit Supply, is now available online.
The company says that: “Our concept is to provide Manchester with a high quality, environmentally friendly public transport network via the region’s waterways which is fully integrated into the existing transport system, accessible for all, cost effective, safe and fun”.
Plans to run a service for the 12 passenger boats along the Manchester Ship Canal have not come to fruition just yet, and the company will be running services along the Bridgewater Canal.
The boats are described as 12 metres long, environmentally friendly, ultra low wash, and capable of up to 14 knots with access for wheelchair passengers and prams.
The project was originally being funded on crowd-sourcing site Indie Go Go, and was later approved to use the government’s Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, offering tax incentives to investors.
TNT will update you further in due course.