Water taxi on the River Tay looks to expand after successful season

A boat heads up the River Tay.

A water taxi project is looking to expand following a successful debut season.

The initiative was launched in Perth earlier this summer as part of a team-up between council chiefs, maritime training charity Taymara and the Tay and Earn Trust.

Organisers said more than 1,340 people have booked trips this summer, with June, July and August the busiest months.

Council bosses are now looking at ways of expanding the service, with a possible new stop at Newburgh.

A council spokeswoman said: “The first year of pontoons on the River Tay has been a great way to show the potential the river has to offer new leisure and tourism opportunities in the city.

“The pontoons will soon be packed away for the winter season but officers will be continuing to look at work to develop additional assets along the river.”

Adam Burns, manager at the Willowbank Activity Centre, said: “Willowgate Activity Centre has seen a very positive effect from the boat trips on the River Tay by helping to increase visitor numbers.

“For example, a corporate team away-day can include activities at the centre, barbecue lunches at the cafe and a boat trip into Perth for a night out.”

Due to tide times, boating trips need to operate during restricted hours and have been weather dependent, although since its launch in July there have only been two cancelled trips.

The pontoons represent the first major project to be carried out as part of the Perth City Plan, a vision of improvements to be rolled out over the next 20 years.