Overall patronage of the Shields Ferry
Patronage of the Shields Ferry, which operates between North Shields and South Shields, is derived from actual recording of passenger journeys recorded by the Electronic Ticket Machines on board.
A ferry service has operated between North and South Shields dating back to the 14th Century, a history of which can be found at nexus.org.uk. The current Shields Ferry fleet consists of two vessels – the ‘Pride of the Tyne’ (1993) and the ‘Spirit of the Tyne’ (2007).
Nexus operates the ferry fleet which in addition to a timetabled service also operates private hires and river trips. The busiest day for the ferries occurs on Great North Run.