Waxis arrive in style from China for fitting out ready to begin service from Sale to Manchester

By Peter Trollope at


Get ready. They’re here.  Manchester Water Taxis have received their boats from the boatbuilders in China, and hope to be ready for service on the Bridgewater Canal on November 7th..

EXCLUSIVE – take a look at the new boats as they arrive in Liverpool

“Its a dream come true – when I started out with this crazy idea to bring water taxis to Sale and Manchester it was remote and far fetched. Now the boats are here, and I can see the whole thing taking shape in front of me,” said Steve Cadwell, of Manchester Water Taxis.

”It’s very exciting  time for us, and we hope to expand the service, and set up services to Media City eventually using the Manchester Ship Canal,” said Steve.

The bright yellow boats are in Liverpool to be fitted out before making their way to the Bridgewater Canal.  ”We’ve chosen November 7th  as the start date for our service.

”We estimate the journey time will be approximately 45 minutes at peak times, and we will be running from Sale Waterside, and the Bridge Inn, to Manchester Hotel Football, Dukes 92, Castlefield.

“We also hope to run a service to the Trafford Centre in the daytime and at weekends.  Interest has been greater than we expected and we are selling tickets now online, so everything is set for the launch,” said Steve.


 A rather overcrowded barge on the Bridgewater Canal at Stretford in 1900 ©Trafford Archives

A popular barge on the Bridgewater Canal at Stretford in 1900 ©Trafford Archives

The Bridgewater Canal has been used as a popular  means of getting to Manchester before as this photograph shows. It dates back to 1900, although we doubt this particular boat would pass today’s  health and safety regulations. We are indebted to Trafford Archives for the use of this photograph.

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