LD Lines to pull services from Poole - less than a year after they were introduced

LD Lines to pull services from Poole - less than a year after they were introduced

LD Lines to pull services from Poole - less than a year after they were introduced

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A FERRY company looks to be about to pull its services from the Port of Poole to Northern Spain less than a year after they were introduced.

LD Lines, which operates once-weekly return services between Poole and Gijón, and a round trip every weekend between Poole and Santander, says it will continue at least until the end of the holidays in September.

No bookings are being taken on the services, which take both freight and passengers, beyond the end of August. A statement on the website adds: “We are currently reviewing our schedule for the period starting September 2014 onwards. Sales will not be open until we have completed this process.”

A spokesman for the company confirmed that a review of the UK - Spain service was currently taking place.

In a statement the company said: “The UK - Spain service will continue to operate at least until the end of the school summer holiday period. We are presently assessing the situation for the period beyond September and shall make an announcement when a decision is taken.”

LD lines is Poole's newest ferry company having introduced the Santander service in November last year.

It added the link with the Northern Spanish port of Gijón just two months later, both on the Norman Asturias, the largest ferry to enter the port.

Graham Richardson, Poole tourism manager said: “We are disappointed because it's another way of putting Poole on the map, another route to the continent.”

With a crossing time of 26 hours between Poole and Santander, the Norman Asturias can take up to 500 passengers, 200 cars or 110 freight vehicles.

Welcoming the new route to Northern Spain in October last year, Jim Stewart, chief executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners said they were confident it would prove popular with hauliers and tourists.

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6:31am Fri 8 Aug 14

BIGTONE says...

Welcoming the new route to Northern Spain in October last year, Jim Stewart, chief executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners said they were confident it would prove popular with hauliers and tourists.


It would appear not.
Welcoming the new route to Northern Spain in October last year, Jim Stewart, chief executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners said they were confident it would prove popular with hauliers and tourists. It would appear not. BIGTONE
  • Score: 0

6:41am Fri 8 Aug 14

crystal-coast says...

When ive been at sandbanks and seen this boat come in or out, it always looks really busy on them. I must admit they don't look overly brilliant (it's not exactly comforting seeing metal white walls even in the bar area) immsure they will sort it all out
When ive been at sandbanks and seen this boat come in or out, it always looks really busy on them. I must admit they don't look overly brilliant (it's not exactly comforting seeing metal white walls even in the bar area) immsure they will sort it all out crystal-coast
  • Score: 7

8:25am Fri 8 Aug 14

smhinto says...

Just puzzled how it take 26 hours to get to Santander from Poole
Just puzzled how it take 26 hours to get to Santander from Poole smhinto
  • Score: -22

8:28am Fri 8 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

Brittany Ferries' Cotentin always looked busy to from people watching from Sandbanks, myself included thought that. But obviously she was not making enough money, hence why she got pulled. Not sure whatvis happening with Cotentin as she is ending her charter with Stena and will be returned to Brittany Ferries. Not sure what BF's plans are for her future from then on though. But she was never as busy as she looked apparently.
Brittany Ferries' Cotentin always looked busy to from people watching from Sandbanks, myself included thought that. But obviously she was not making enough money, hence why she got pulled. Not sure whatvis happening with Cotentin as she is ending her charter with Stena and will be returned to Brittany Ferries. Not sure what BF's plans are for her future from then on though. But she was never as busy as she looked apparently. FerryFan
  • Score: -12

8:28am Fri 8 Aug 14

cheeriedriteup says...

As a Dorset resident I never knew this service was available - maybe the issue is that !
As a Dorset resident I never knew this service was available - maybe the issue is that ! cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 26

8:29am Fri 8 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

Barfleur staying around though which is good, and we DO hope Condor will stay don't we.....
Barfleur staying around though which is good, and we DO hope Condor will stay don't we..... FerryFan
  • Score: 23

8:50am Fri 8 Aug 14

Derf says...

Coincidently, the route ends around the same time as the significant EU subsidy for the Spanish legs of the vessels routes.
Coincidently, the route ends around the same time as the significant EU subsidy for the Spanish legs of the vessels routes. Derf
  • Score: 17

9:46am Fri 8 Aug 14

old buffer says...

smhinto wrote:
Just puzzled how it take 26 hours to get to Santander from Poole
Maybe because it's a long way?
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Just puzzled how it take 26 hours to get to Santander from Poole[/p][/quote]Maybe because it's a long way? old buffer
  • Score: 25

11:11am Fri 8 Aug 14

BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth says...

It's a chicken and egg situation, Portsmouth is the best choice for a channel ferry because there are excellent transport links for lorries, extend the M27 through and Poole will be able to compete effectively.

At the moment traffic coming into the area from the north and east comes in on the M3 transfers to the M27, then the A31 and then it's predominantly single carriageway roads, that needs resolving first.
It's a chicken and egg situation, Portsmouth is the best choice for a channel ferry because there are excellent transport links for lorries, extend the M27 through and Poole will be able to compete effectively. At the moment traffic coming into the area from the north and east comes in on the M3 transfers to the M27, then the A31 and then it's predominantly single carriageway roads, that needs resolving first. BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth
  • Score: 20

1:41pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Rustynails says...

LD lines missed a trick here.. No foot passengers !! I know many people, myself included, who would have used this service to connect with trains from Santander Etc. with the direct service to Alicante, Madrid Etc.
LD lines missed a trick here.. No foot passengers !! I know many people, myself included, who would have used this service to connect with trains from Santander Etc. with the direct service to Alicante, Madrid Etc. Rustynails
  • Score: 17

2:23pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Yankee1 says...

The problems are poor transport links to Poole Harbour from the major motorway links. That is why many who travel down to the M27 from points north-east-west prefer Portsmouth to Poole.
The problems are poor transport links to Poole Harbour from the major motorway links. That is why many who travel down to the M27 from points north-east-west prefer Portsmouth to Poole. Yankee1
  • Score: 7

3:39pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

The days of travelling by ferry are nearing an end. The amount I would spend on that trip would buy me a flight to somewhere much better...
The days of travelling by ferry are nearing an end. The amount I would spend on that trip would buy me a flight to somewhere much better... Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: -6

4:39pm Fri 8 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

Chris@Bmouth wrote:
The days of travelling by ferry are nearing an end. The amount I would spend on that trip would buy me a flight to somewhere much better...
I'll tell you something, getting taxi to Poole to catch Barfleur is almost the same as a return ticket to FRANCE. (On the day return)

.. thank goodness for the More buses!!
[quote][p][bold]Chris@Bmouth[/bold] wrote: The days of travelling by ferry are nearing an end. The amount I would spend on that trip would buy me a flight to somewhere much better...[/p][/quote]I'll tell you something, getting taxi to Poole to catch Barfleur is almost the same as a return ticket to FRANCE. (On the day return) .. thank goodness for the More buses!! FerryFan
  • Score: 3

4:39pm Fri 8 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

Taxi from Bournemouth to Poole on night rates that is...
Taxi from Bournemouth to Poole on night rates that is... FerryFan
  • Score: 4

5:25pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Ebb Tide says...

Rustynails wrote:
LD lines missed a trick here.. No foot passengers !! I know many people, myself included, who would have used this service to connect with trains from Santander Etc. with the direct service to Alicante, Madrid Etc.
Agreed !
[quote][p][bold]Rustynails[/bold] wrote: LD lines missed a trick here.. No foot passengers !! I know many people, myself included, who would have used this service to connect with trains from Santander Etc. with the direct service to Alicante, Madrid Etc.[/p][/quote]Agreed ! Ebb Tide
  • Score: 6

5:27pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Ebb Tide says...

BIGTONE wrote:
Welcoming the new route to Northern Spain in October last year, Jim Stewart, chief executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners said they were confident it would prove popular with hauliers and tourists.


It would appear not.
Not sure about the attention to publicity that was given by the ferry company.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: Welcoming the new route to Northern Spain in October last year, Jim Stewart, chief executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners said they were confident it would prove popular with hauliers and tourists. It would appear not.[/p][/quote]Not sure about the attention to publicity that was given by the ferry company. Ebb Tide
  • Score: 4

6:01pm Fri 8 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

Liked the thumbs down on the night rate taxi - thumbs downer happy to pay the equivalent of a crossing to France and back to get to Poole are you, especially if you have to be there very early and do not drive!!!
Liked the thumbs down on the night rate taxi - thumbs downer happy to pay the equivalent of a crossing to France and back to get to Poole are you, especially if you have to be there very early and do not drive!!! FerryFan
  • Score: 2

5:51pm Sat 9 Aug 14

Gastines3 says...

Amazed that the Barfleur is still in business after reading the summer fare tariff. Just went via Dover,return Car+2 £74. Barfleur same days, Just over £500.!!!!
Amazed that the Barfleur is still in business after reading the summer fare tariff. Just went via Dover,return Car+2 £74. Barfleur same days, Just over £500.!!!! Gastines3
  • Score: 0

6:29pm Sat 9 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

Barfleur been quite full, been on her recently and she was very busy indeed, she's earning her keep ok. mind you, I travelled as a foot on the special offer day return which was £23!!
Barfleur been quite full, been on her recently and she was very busy indeed, she's earning her keep ok. mind you, I travelled as a foot on the special offer day return which was £23!! FerryFan
  • Score: 1

10:53am Mon 25 Aug 14

Abraham Torre says...

As a member of a Spanish/British family living in Northwest Spain it is a great service, especially during summer holidays when we can travel and take more time to visit other places. I would not have gone to Dorset otherwise cause it is a bit out of hand for our final destination in the north. I have seen in my last trip in the ferry that there are many other cases like ours.
I think is a good and cheaper way of promoting tourism between the 2 areas with the plus of being able to taking your own vehicle.
I agree though that the connection by road into the A31 is not the best because it gets really congested.
As a member of a Spanish/British family living in Northwest Spain it is a great service, especially during summer holidays when we can travel and take more time to visit other places. I would not have gone to Dorset otherwise cause it is a bit out of hand for our final destination in the north. I have seen in my last trip in the ferry that there are many other cases like ours. I think is a good and cheaper way of promoting tourism between the 2 areas with the plus of being able to taking your own vehicle. I agree though that the connection by road into the A31 is not the best because it gets really congested. Abraham Torre
  • Score: 0

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