The Torpoint Ferry forms a vital link across the Tamar (known at the ferry location as the Hamoaze) between the town of Torpoint in Cornwall, and the city of Plymouth in Devon. The crossing is owned by two local authorities, Cornwall County Council and Plymouth City Council, and its operation is governed by the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee, constituted by elected councillors from the two authorities.
The ferry is operated in conjunction with the Tamar Bridge as a single business unit under powers derived from primary legislation – the Tamar Bridge Acts, and operation, maintenance and improvement of both crossings is funded solely from combined toll income. The three chain ferries provide service 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year and offer a 10 minute frequency at peak times. The Torpoint Ferry crossing is the busiest estuarial vehicular ferry crossing in the United Kingdom, and the three vessels together carry nearly two million vehicles per annum.