With all of the recent goings on in the Channel Tunnel other ferry routes to France have been quite neglected in the news arena but there has still been lots going on you should be aware of. Last week Condor Ferries made an important announcement; due to the Weymouth berth undergoing some considerable repairs which have so far been unsuccessful, ferries to France and the Channel Islands will now depart from the Port of Poole this summer.
This is considered to be excellent news for the Port of Poole after the loss of the Barfleur ferry service last October. As well the port it is also thought to be a fantastic injection to the Poole economy and welcomed by many, especially the local councillors who consider the move as evidence that important businesses are looking to invest in the Poole area in order to help bring the city forward. With the ferry service contributing over £7 million to Weymouth’s economy annually you can why this is a welcomed change for Poole!
The ferry service will run from the Poole port to St. Malo in France, a perfectly traditional Brittany tourist destination and a welcome alternate for those looking for a more relaxed port compared to Calais. The service will also travel to Guernsey and Jersey, an essential route which shows the importance of the relocation of the UK port. Services will be available 9 times per day in March departures starting at 6.30am, the last being 1pm taking approximately 8 hours. In April there will be 22 services throughout the day from 4.30am to 2.30pm. The routes will range from direct Poole to St. Maro services and some connecting services which will require passengers to switch ferries in either Jersey or Guernsey.
The Poole to France ferry service will run for at least the entire summer period; routes after this period are currently unknown.
Anyone who has already booked a ferry to France from the Weymouth port don’t need to worry about changing their bookings or cancellations as any current bookings will be transferred automatically by Condor and you will be contacted in writing in due course.