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'WAXIS' For MCR... Again

£75,000 needed to finally launch Water Taxis onto Manchester Canals

Published on October 30th 2014.

'WAXIS' For MCR... Again

CONFIDENTIAL broke news of one local entrepeneur's plans to launch a Water Taxi service or 'Waxis' on the city’s canals back in 2009.

"The Bridgewater Canal passes through the heart of Manchester and it makes perfect sense to use it to the benefit of the thousands of people who pass through the city every day."

The waxis could boost Manchester's current transport system (a tinsy bit) and provide city centre commuters and visitors in Manchester, Salford and Trafford with an alternative and environmentally friendly public transport service.

We got behind the idea and have kept a close eye since it's initial inception in 2009 to the first visuals back in 2013.

It had been expected that Manchester Water Taxis would be launched in June 2013, but it seemed progress had stalled.

Founder Steve Cadwell is still on a mission to bring Manchester Waxis to the city, but has asked for support from the local community to help crowdfund the £75,000 required to build and launch the boats.

According to waxiMCR, each boat costs around £35,000 to make.

Founder Steve Caldwell and a massive duckFounder Steve Caldwell and a massive duck

With a route that passes key Manchester landmarks such as Old Trafford, as well as Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs’ new Trafford-based Hotel Football and other key hotspots such as Dukes 92, waxiMCR could help ease the city’s congested roads and busy public transport networks (a little bit).

The water boats would seat approximately twelve people, offer up wifi onboard and will cost around £5. 

Speaking on his plans, Cadwell said: “Manchester has always been a vibrant, cutting edge city and with the ever increasing influx of tourists and young professionals wanting to work here, it’s time for an alternative form of travel.

“The Bridgewater Canal passes through the heart of Manchester and it makes perfect sense to use it to the benefit of the thousands of people who pass through the city every day."

Waxi visualArtist's impression of a waxi outside the IWM North in Salford

“This is a chance for Mancunians to make history and help bring a brand new icon to the city," Caldwell continued. "With a guaranteed 20% return for anyone who invests over £215 in the venture.

“We also have a lot of interest from overseas, particularly from tourists visiting the Manchester United Football ground. We hope that waxis will offer a great way for people to travel to home games on match days, adding to their Manchester experience.

“We hope the city will get behind waxis and help to make them a reality.”

Investors will have 60 days from the 27 October in which to contribute to the crowdfunding campaign and bring waxis to Manchester’s waterways.

To get behind Manchester’s new transport initiative and make your mark, visit the crowdfunding campaign page at manchesterwatertaxis.com

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22 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

EdwardOctober 30th 2014.


AnonymousOctober 30th 2014.

A nice idea, but this is going to be almost exclusively tourism driven, not commuting.

Stephen DouglasOctober 30th 2014.

Nice idea, although the Bridgewater Canal doesn't pass through the heart of the city - it terminates at Castlefield Basin. Interestingly none of your pictures show the Bridgewater - in turn you've got the Irwell, the Rochdale Canal (complete with locks) and the Ship Canal.

AnonymousOctober 30th 2014.

Has it got planning permission?

Henry VOctober 30th 2014.

IMHO this is simply not going to happen, if it was a a flyer it would happened by now.

AnonymousOctober 30th 2014.

I thought it [or there] was going to be a TFGM river bus?

AnonymousOctober 30th 2014.

It could work on the Irwell, from Greengate to the Quays, not this route though, which is a shame.

rinkydinkOctober 30th 2014.

The graphics above are truly shite

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rinkydinkOctober 30th 2014.

Who is going to pay a fiver to sit on a lavender boat when the bus or tram is half the price with the stops close to peoples homes. Nice idea but it's not gonna work I don't think. Unfortunately

EdwardOctober 30th 2014.

Bottom link doesn't work.

Poster BoyOctober 31st 2014.

More fingers in the air. No business case, no viability and more care is needed when throwing around phrases like 'a guaranteed 20% return'. Crowdfunding is becoming a paradise for worthy fools.

DarrenOctober 31st 2014.

Something like this could work and I'd be happy to use it but £5 seems a bit much.

AnonymousOctober 31st 2014.

Do they allow water skiing?

SteveOctober 31st 2014.

It will never attract commuters. Only 12 people on one boat! Come on get real.

AnonymousOctober 31st 2014.

FIVE QUID? As usual TRANSPORT here DEARER than London and not integrated....One for the tourist...

JimNovember 1st 2014.

I couldn't use this for commuting. Only seating 12 people means unless they've got loads of boats it going to be a lottery whether you can get on it or not! Metrolink is every 6 minutes and has a reasonably large capacity. A boat service which can only cope with 12 at a time is not going to compete with that!

AnonymousNovember 2nd 2014.

Let's get the canals filled in they aren't useful anymore.

AnonymousNovember 2nd 2014.

How many boats? Will they not want to set off until all seats are filled?

AnonymousNovember 3rd 2014.

The funding page hasn't exactly taken off yet - only 1% funded at present

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AnonymousNovember 3rd 2014.

I think a lot of people are thinking the same thing. The waxi is too small with only 12 seats. You'd need 20/30 of them to make it a viable business. If you missed it how long would you have to wait for the next run? And £5 is not a realistic price when people can get a bus/train or tram for less and not have to wait as long. It's a shame as I like the idea of water taxi's. Why can't he look at the type of water bus they have in Venice where you stand up. You can get loads of people on those and they would be great for people going from town to the quays and back.

AnonymousDecember 16th 2014.

£786 raised out of £75,000

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