Cruise ferry service to be relaunched

PUBLISHED: 14:26 06 August 2012

The Barfleur leaving Poole harbour en route for Cherbourg - she will be returning to service  on the popular route from next March

The Barfleur leaving Poole harbour en route for Cherbourg - she will be returning to service on the popular route from next March

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Twinners in East Devon and West Dorset amongst travellers set to benefit from MV Barfleur's return to Poole

Twinning groups in East Devon and West Dorset are amongst continental travellers set to welcome the resumption of a cruise ferry service from Poole next year.

Brittany ferries has announced the return of the MV Barfleur from March.

They say she will provide a year-round service to Cherbourg with timings designed to suit day trippers as well as those travelling beyond the Normandy port.

There will be a daily departure from Poole at 8.30am and a five-hour layover in Cherbourg before returning at 6.45pm.

The Barfleur has twice been taken out of service on the Poole-Cherbourg route in recent years, with operators claiming she was making a loss.

Her surprise return will be welcomed by twinners in Lyme Regis, Axminster, Charmouth and Seaton, for whom a Poole-Cherbourg cruise ferry link is a quick and convenient way to reach their partner towns in France.

* The Barfleur is named after the Normandy town with which Lyme has forged twinning links. Sailing from Poole, she also provides the closest crossing for Axminster twinners visiting their link town of Douvres La Delivrande.

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