Sandbanks Ferry is back in action

THE Sandbanks Ferry service has resumed at the entrance of Poole Harbour.

Daily crossings between Studland and Sandbanks recommenced yesterday afternoon following six weeks of service suspension.

A spokesman for the Bournemouth-Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company said: “We are pleased to announce the trials on the ferry have been completed successfully.”

The Bramble Bush Bay returned to Poole earlier in the week, but engineers still had to carry out vital work putting the vessel through its paces.

It will run as usual, every 20 minutes, from 7am-11pm, over the festive period, apart from Christmas Day.

On Christmas Day there will be a half-hourly service from 8am until 6.10pm, when the final crossing takes place from Studland back to Sandbanks.

The ferry was tugged to a Southampton dry dock at the beginning of November for a scheduled five-week maintenance programme.

It was meant to return to Poole Harbour last week but this biennial repaint and refit overran.

Ferry bosses say the refit can only take place in the autumn, as summer is the service’s busiest time and stormy winter seas can hamper the five-hour crossing to and from Southampton.

Drivers have been forced to take a lengthy detour around Poole’s Holes Bay Road and endure roadworks along the busy A35 during the ferry’s absence.

A ferry spokesman said: “We have now opened a Facebook page which will also be updated if we have any breaks in service or other important information that our customers need to know.”

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8:13am Sat 22 Dec 12

Peggy Babcock says...

I think we've got the message. Why do you feel the need to run repeated stories? It can just go in the travel updates.

It's not as though the Purbeck area is cut off
I think we've got the message. Why do you feel the need to run repeated stories? It can just go in the travel updates. It's not as though the Purbeck area is cut off Peggy Babcock

8:46am Sat 22 Dec 12

Brimonty says...

Good news, especially as A351 now closed at Corfe, (at 08:04).
Good news, especially as A351 now closed at Corfe, (at 08:04). Brimonty

10:37am Sat 22 Dec 12

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Glad to hear it's still at the entrance to Poole harbour and hasn't started somewhere else.
Glad to hear it's still at the entrance to Poole harbour and hasn't started somewhere else. Telscombe Cliffy

10:41am Sat 22 Dec 12

whataboutthat says...

Peggy Babcock wrote:
I think we've got the message. Why do you feel the need to run repeated stories? It can just go in the travel updates.

It's not as though the Purbeck area is cut off
Phil Space...
[quote][p][bold]Peggy Babcock[/bold] wrote: I think we've got the message. Why do you feel the need to run repeated stories? It can just go in the travel updates. It's not as though the Purbeck area is cut off[/p][/quote]Phil Space... whataboutthat

11:21am Sat 22 Dec 12

Arthur Maureen says...

Yay! once the floods have passed I can go back riding over the Purbecks
Yay! once the floods have passed I can go back riding over the Purbecks Arthur Maureen

10:26pm Sun 23 Dec 12

groveswhitnall says...

With the floods its now operating between Sandbanks and Wool
With the floods its now operating between Sandbanks and Wool groveswhitnall

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