Trivia: What bus routes still make use of a ferry?

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A bus route from Swanage to Bournemouth across the Sandbanks Ferry still operates and in the past there have been others, e.g. across the Saltash Ferry before the road bridge opened, but what others survive? There must be some in Scotland - regular local bus routes as opposed to coach tours/excursions.
 
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Venice (Lido) to Chioggia Number 11 bus travels on a ferry for part of its journey.
 

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There must be some in Scotland - regular local bus routes as opposed to coach tours/excursions.
I believe a handful of services use the ferry at Corran which allows buses to get from Fort William to the remote Ardnamuchan peninsula, but it doesn't seem like very many do.
 

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This might not count as it's admittedly a coach, but operates as a scheduled service rather than tour/excursion - Hannon's Belfast to Glasgow Express service. It uses the Stena Line Belfast to Cairnryan ferry.
 

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This might not count as it's admittedly a coach, but operates as a scheduled service rather than tour/excursion - Hannon's Belfast to Glasgow Express service. It uses the Stena Line Belfast to Cairnryan ferry.
Likewise the joint service operated by Feda O'Donnell, John McGinley and Seamus Doherty from the Donegal Gaeltacht to Glasgow via the Larne-Cairnryan P&O ferry. It's currently suspended due to Covid-19, however.

The Ulsterbus service from Belfast to Glasgow/Edinburgh on the other hand operates with separate coaches on either side, with the passengers travelling on the Stena Line ferry as foot passengers. The coaches await the ferry's arrival in the event of a delay - although in extreme circumstances another coach will be provided, as the service also conveys local passengers within Scotland.
 
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In Shetland, ZetTrans Service 24 from Cullivoe to Lerwick catches the inter island ferry from the island of Yell to the island of Mainland.
 

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The Argostoli (Kefalonia) - Athens bus uses the Sami - Patras ferry to get to the mainland
 

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In Denmark, I am fairly sure that the 800 Odense-Nykøbing F. still runs on and off the Spodsbjerg-Tårs ferry. There may be one or two others.
 

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King County Metro (the agency which serves Greater Seattle) has buses which roll on and off the ferries to provide one-seat service from the mainland to Vashon Island in peak times (or this was at least the case before COVID - it might be temporarily suspended as of now).
There was also a service in Virginia linking Williamsburg to Surry County via the ferry at Jamestown, but that seems to have disappeared earlier this year.
I think there are also several bus routes running southwards from Turku (in Finland) which utilize ferries, and if I recall correctly, they typically have 9xx-series numbers.
 

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It's not quite a ferry, but Stagecoach 1 Hartlepool - Middlesborough uses the transporter bridge.
 
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not quite a ferry but Stagecoach 1 Hartlepool - Middlesborough uses the transporter bridge
Except it doesn't. It runs from Hartlepool to Port Clarence where it serves the main road onto which the bridge approach meets. However, it then heads via Haverton Hill and crosses the Tees via the Newport Bridge towards Middlesbrough.
 

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Except it doesn't. It runs from Hartlepool to Port Clarence where it serves the main road onto which the bridge approach meets. However, it then heads via Haverton Hill and crosses the Tees via the Newport Bridge towards Middlesbrough.

Sorry, that is not clear from the Stagecoach website.
 
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I believe a handful of services use the ferry at Corran which allows buses to get from Fort William to the remote Ardnamuchan peninsula, but it doesn't seem like very many do.
Having checked with someone I know on the peninsula it's one return journey a day between Kilchoan and Fort William that uses the Corran ferry.
 
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A bus route from Swanage to Bournemouth across the Sandbanks Ferry still operates and in the past there have been others, e.g. across the Saltash Ferry before the road bridge opened, but what others survive? There must be some in Scotland - regular local bus routes as opposed to coach tours/excursions.
It is not a bus but do any of the international coach services still use the ferries from the UK to France or do they all use the Eurotunnel now?
 

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Years ago, 1988 in fact, I managed to circle the Isle of Wight by bus, including the West Cowes – East Cowes route via the ferry. It was disappointing in 1998 that the bus no longer went that way.
 

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Stagecoach / Transporter Bridge.... at one point did Stagecoach actually own the Transporter Bridge? I've got it in my head they did and they inherited it as part of a takeover of someone. Might have been at the time where Stagecoach owned lots of non-bus businesses like Porterbrook, Prestwick Airport, etc..
 

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Stagecoach / Transporter Bridge.... at one point did Stagecoach actually own the Transporter Bridge? I've got it in my head they did and they inherited it as part of a takeover of someone. Might have been at the time where Stagecoach owned lots of non-bus businesses like Porterbrook, Prestwick Airport, etc..
No - it is owned by Stockton and Middlesbrough councils (though responsibility for it rests with the latter).

It may have had some sort of connection with the respective corporation transport undertakings but can't recall anything. Any such link certainly would not have lasted past the creation of Cleveland Transit Ltd as an arms length business, let alone the sale to Stagecoach in 1994.
 

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No - it is owned by Stockton and Middlesbrough councils (though responsibility for it rests with the latter).

It may have had some sort of connection with the respective corporation transport undertakings but can't recall anything. Any such link certainly would not have lasted past the creation of Cleveland Transit Ltd as an arms length business, let alone the sale to Stagecoach in 1994.
Stagecoach Transit managed the bridge and its staff on behalf of Middlesbrough Council for several years after taking over Cleveland Transit. The staff eventually moved over to the Council at some point after 2000.
 

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Stagecoach Transit managed the bridge and its staff on behalf of Middlesbrough Council for several years after taking over Cleveland Transit. The staff eventually moved over to the Council at some point after 2000.
Indeed I remember being surprised at being issued a Stagecoach branded ticket when crossing about 2002. It may have just been the case the machine and ticket was left over by then but certainly indicates Stagecoach were part of the operation post Cleveland Transit.
 
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