Barfleur set for return to Poole

Barfleur set for return to Poole

GUESS WHO’S BACK: The Barfleur ferry is returning to Poole on March 18 after a paint and clean in Dunkirk. The ship will resume its cross channel journey from Poole to Cherbourg

HOPEFULLY GREAT NEWS: Chairman of Poole Tourism Partnership Bruce Grant-Braham

First published in News by

POOLE’S favourite cross Channel ferry is undergoing repainting and cleaning in Dunkirk before sailing back into port on March 18.

The Barfleur is being stripped of its temporary DFDS branding as Brittany Ferries prepares the ship to resume its year round Cherbourg-Poole route.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming the Barfleur back to Poole on March 18,” said Mike Bevens, group passenger commercial director for Brittany Ferries.

“The new timings will be perfect for day trippers as well as those travelling beyond Cherbourg and we sincerely hope that we can count on the support of the Dorset community to make good use of this link with France to help us sustain it long term.

“The signs are good with bookings to France in 2013 looking strong,” he added.

Fears were raised last year that the ferry might never return to Poole, as it embarked on a six month charter with DFDS Seaways on the Dover-Calais route.

The year-round Poole service was axed in 2010 after running for 17 years, for being uneconomic, but returned for the summer of 2011.

Now it is hoped the ferry, which will have daily morning sailings to France, returning in the evening, is back for good.

Bruce Grant-Braham, chairman of Poole Tourism Partnership, said: “This can’t but be great news for everyone who has an affection for the Barfleur and an affection for taking that route to France.”

He added: “Hopefully it will continue in perpetuity – for as long as the Barfleur is serviceable.”

Welcoming the return of the ferry, Poole resident Bob Grieve said: “I for one am hoping to be on the first sailing as I was when the Barfleur first came to Poole. Once again great news, well done Brittany Ferries.”

Cherbourg is becoming increasingly attractive as a gateway to France thanks to the newly completed dual-carriageway all the way down the Cotentin Peninsular and the town has a new retail centre, featuring 50 shops and a hypermarket.

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11:46am Sat 26 Jan 13

KLH says...

I'm on the first sailing from Poole on the 19th, looking forward to seeing Cherbourg again, nice town. Hopefully our ferry friend is here for the long haul now!!
I'm on the first sailing from Poole on the 19th, looking forward to seeing Cherbourg again, nice town. Hopefully our ferry friend is here for the long haul now!! KLH
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11:51am Sat 26 Jan 13

nobbjockie says...

Bruce Grant-Braham, chairman of Poole Tourism Partnership, said: “This can’t but be great news for everyone who has an affection for the Barfleur and an affection for taking that route to France.” Of course you are happy...you get your commission! Shame you arent as enthusiastic about doing what you should be doing...letting the residents know what is going on (other than your website)
Bruce Grant-Braham, chairman of Poole Tourism Partnership, said: “This can’t but be great news for everyone who has an affection for the Barfleur and an affection for taking that route to France.” Of course you are happy...you get your commission! Shame you arent as enthusiastic about doing what you should be doing...letting the residents know what is going on (other than your website) nobbjockie
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1:57pm Sat 26 Jan 13

l'anglais says...

Thanks for the advert.
However a one week return trip in March with Brittany Ferries from Poole is £300.
Compared with a trip with LD lines from Portsmouth to Le Havre for £160.

This writing is on the wall for the Barfleur.
Permanent withdrawal as of October 2013.
Thanks for the advert. However a one week return trip in March with Brittany Ferries from Poole is £300. Compared with a trip with LD lines from Portsmouth to Le Havre for £160. This writing is on the wall for the Barfleur. Permanent withdrawal as of October 2013. l'anglais
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4:38pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Gastines3 says...

As a regulsr user of the Barfleur since it first came into service,I'm pleased to see it back at this end of the channel.As pointed out ,the pricing system of Brittany Ferries will probly see it's demise again at the end of the summer season. The price of fares varies by the minute when booking on-line and the cheap day returns are only available from Poole.These discounted fares are not available from Cherbourg,so discouraging any return trade from France or even ex_pats wanting to do a quick trip to UK. When asked why they weren't available the reply " People use it as a cheap one way trip and don't return"??? As you have to book 24hrs in advance by bank card and it clearly states that people will be debited the full cost of the one-way fare if not used as a return,that arguement doesn't hold water.
I booked a trip only a few weeks ago to St.Malo at £180,tried to book a couple of days later,same trip,same details £420???? When living in France I used to get a quote from the St.Malo office,Paris and Plymouth,3 prices differing by £hundreds??? A
published price list would be a start of bringing some customer confidence back.
At least in it's favour,the staff are pleasant,the loading and unloading is infinitely better than the Condor and it's sailing times are more reliable.
As a regulsr user of the Barfleur since it first came into service,I'm pleased to see it back at this end of the channel.As pointed out ,the pricing system of Brittany Ferries will probly see it's demise again at the end of the summer season. The price of fares varies by the minute when booking on-line and the cheap day returns are only available from Poole.These discounted fares are not available from Cherbourg,so discouraging any return trade from France or even ex_pats wanting to do a quick trip to UK. When asked why they weren't available the reply " People use it as a cheap one way trip and don't return"??? As you have to book 24hrs in advance by bank card and it clearly states that people will be debited the full cost of the one-way fare if not used as a return,that arguement doesn't hold water. I booked a trip only a few weeks ago to St.Malo at £180,tried to book a couple of days later,same trip,same details £420???? When living in France I used to get a quote from the St.Malo office,Paris and Plymouth,3 prices differing by £hundreds??? A published price list would be a start of bringing some customer confidence back. At least in it's favour,the staff are pleasant,the loading and unloading is infinitely better than the Condor and it's sailing times are more reliable. Gastines3
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4:56pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Ebb Tide says...

It is noted that the French have improved their road connections to their port whilst we have not. Well not to dual-carriageway standards, maybe a layer of tarmac here and there.

That's UK austerity for you !!
It is noted that the French have improved their road connections to their port whilst we have not. Well not to dual-carriageway standards, maybe a layer of tarmac here and there. That's UK austerity for you !! Ebb Tide
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4:59pm Sat 26 Jan 13

KLH says...

l'anglais wrote:
Thanks for the advert. However a one week return trip in March with Brittany Ferries from Poole is £300. Compared with a trip with LD lines from Portsmouth to Le Havre for £160. This writing is on the wall for the Barfleur. Permanent withdrawal as of October 2013.
Don't speak too soon..
[quote][p][bold]l'anglais[/bold] wrote: Thanks for the advert. However a one week return trip in March with Brittany Ferries from Poole is £300. Compared with a trip with LD lines from Portsmouth to Le Havre for £160. This writing is on the wall for the Barfleur. Permanent withdrawal as of October 2013.[/p][/quote]Don't speak too soon.. KLH
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6:14pm Sat 26 Jan 13

Cosmic Crusader says...

l'anglais wrote:
Thanks for the advert.
However a one week return trip in March with Brittany Ferries from Poole is £300.
Compared with a trip with LD lines from Portsmouth to Le Havre for £160.

This writing is on the wall for the Barfleur.
Permanent withdrawal as of October 2013.
Not sure where you get that figure from. Current 7 day price mid week late March for car and two passengers is £218. Even so, the service has to be commercial and the demand during winter months is just not there. Hence I also see the writing on the wall!
[quote][p][bold]l'anglais[/bold] wrote: Thanks for the advert. However a one week return trip in March with Brittany Ferries from Poole is £300. Compared with a trip with LD lines from Portsmouth to Le Havre for £160. This writing is on the wall for the Barfleur. Permanent withdrawal as of October 2013.[/p][/quote]Not sure where you get that figure from. Current 7 day price mid week late March for car and two passengers is £218. Even so, the service has to be commercial and the demand during winter months is just not there. Hence I also see the writing on the wall! Cosmic Crusader
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8:16pm Sat 26 Jan 13

slytman says...

Just looked at Easter school holidays going out on a what must be a peak sailing, Sat 30 Mar and back 4 Apr for 2 adults and our 2 kids, with a car is £94 per person (total £374) which I think is reasonable value, especially when you can pack everything in to the car and not have to pay for things like airport parking. However, just noticed there's an Echo offer for £40 for a car and 2 people until the 27th March for £40 - http://www.brittany-
ferries.co.uk/be13e1


That does seem a very good deal. Can't see any major strings attached but it might be worth calling them to check.

Being local I like the service so I hope it's a success this year.
Just looked at Easter school holidays going out on a what must be a peak sailing, Sat 30 Mar and back 4 Apr for 2 adults and our 2 kids, with a car is £94 per person (total £374) which I think is reasonable value, especially when you can pack everything in to the car and not have to pay for things like airport parking. However, just noticed there's an Echo offer for £40 for a car and 2 people until the 27th March for £40 - http://www.brittany- ferries.co.uk/be13e1 That does seem a very good deal. Can't see any major strings attached but it might be worth calling them to check. Being local I like the service so I hope it's a success this year. slytman
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10:45am Sun 27 Jan 13

Lord gungedin of Ferndown says...

Does anyone know of any day trip deals going and if so the reference email address. I' m out of wine and desparately need to top up my supplies?
Does anyone know of any day trip deals going and if so the reference email address. I' m out of wine and desparately need to top up my supplies? Lord gungedin of Ferndown
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11:17am Sun 27 Jan 13

rayc says...

Good luck with this venture but will Brittany ferries publish a fares list?
When I last wanted to use them for a non peak motorhome return it was over £500.
Even with the cost of Diesel it was a great deal cheaper going by Eurotunnel.
Local SW region people will not keep the service running so its got to be attractive to those who have got alternatives and this is where it will fail.
Good luck with this venture but will Brittany ferries publish a fares list? When I last wanted to use them for a non peak motorhome return it was over £500. Even with the cost of Diesel it was a great deal cheaper going by Eurotunnel. Local SW region people will not keep the service running so its got to be attractive to those who have got alternatives and this is where it will fail. rayc
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12:40pm Sun 27 Jan 13

TheDistrict says...

Poole to Cherbourg return, end of May, 4 adults and a car, £320.
.
Poole to Cherbour return, first two weeks of September, 2 adults and a car, £195.
.
Prices like that, I will back the continuous service of Barfleur beyond this year.
.
Poole to Cherbourg return, end of May, 4 adults and a car, £320. . Poole to Cherbour return, first two weeks of September, 2 adults and a car, £195. . Prices like that, I will back the continuous service of Barfleur beyond this year. . TheDistrict
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11:15pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Yankee1 says...

Lord gungedin of Ferndown wrote:
Does anyone know of any day trip deals going and if so the reference email address. I' m out of wine and desparately need to top up my supplies?
There is no profit in you.

Load up at Aldi.
[quote][p][bold]Lord gungedin of Ferndown[/bold] wrote: Does anyone know of any day trip deals going and if so the reference email address. I' m out of wine and desparately need to top up my supplies?[/p][/quote]There is no profit in you. Load up at Aldi. Yankee1
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7:40am Mon 28 Jan 13

Gastines3 says...

Whilst not forgetting the wine,just look around the hypermarkets/superma
rkets and take in the vast choice on offer of fresh seafood/meat/vegetab
les/bread and cakes on offer.Never understood why we get such a poor choice from our stores.Vitrually every vegetable/salad item shrink wrapped after a flight of several thousand miles.Local producers preferring to put solar panels or rape seed on their land.
Whilst not forgetting the wine,just look around the hypermarkets/superma rkets and take in the vast choice on offer of fresh seafood/meat/vegetab les/bread and cakes on offer.Never understood why we get such a poor choice from our stores.Vitrually every vegetable/salad item shrink wrapped after a flight of several thousand miles.Local producers preferring to put solar panels or rape seed on their land. Gastines3
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2:06pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Arthur Maureen says...

slytman wrote:
Just looked at Easter school holidays going out on a what must be a peak sailing, Sat 30 Mar and back 4 Apr for 2 adults and our 2 kids, with a car is £94 per person (total £374) which I think is reasonable value, especially when you can pack everything in to the car and not have to pay for things like airport parking. However, just noticed there's an Echo offer for £40 for a car and 2 people until the 27th March for £40 - http://www.brittany-

ferries.co.uk/be13e1



That does seem a very good deal. Can't see any major strings attached but it might be worth calling them to check.

Being local I like the service so I hope it's a success this year.
Your link does not work
[quote][p][bold]slytman[/bold] wrote: Just looked at Easter school holidays going out on a what must be a peak sailing, Sat 30 Mar and back 4 Apr for 2 adults and our 2 kids, with a car is £94 per person (total £374) which I think is reasonable value, especially when you can pack everything in to the car and not have to pay for things like airport parking. However, just noticed there's an Echo offer for £40 for a car and 2 people until the 27th March for £40 - http://www.brittany- ferries.co.uk/be13e1 That does seem a very good deal. Can't see any major strings attached but it might be worth calling them to check. Being local I like the service so I hope it's a success this year.[/p][/quote]Your link does not work Arthur Maureen
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5:42pm Mon 28 Jan 13

KLH says...

Cherbourg is a lovely town. For foot passengers the walk into town from the port is a bit of a hike, but not that bad. supermarket wise, Carrefour is a great place, huge, and lots of variety, there are lots of cafes and of course there is the fantastic Cite De La Mer, a large aquarium with the deepest 'tank' in Europe and also home to a great Titanic exhibition. (the ship called at Cherbourg) Lots of interesting things to do!
Cherbourg is a lovely town. For foot passengers the walk into town from the port is a bit of a hike, but not that bad. supermarket wise, Carrefour is a great place, huge, and lots of variety, there are lots of cafes and of course there is the fantastic Cite De La Mer, a large aquarium with the deepest 'tank' in Europe and also home to a great Titanic exhibition. (the ship called at Cherbourg) Lots of interesting things to do! KLH
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5:50pm Mon 28 Jan 13

skydriver says...

rayc wrote:
Good luck with this venture but will Brittany ferries publish a fares list?
When I last wanted to use them for a non peak motorhome return it was over £500.
Even with the cost of Diesel it was a great deal cheaper going by Eurotunnel.
Local SW region people will not keep the service running so its got to be attractive to those who have got alternatives and this is where it will fail.
Easy get rid of the junk you drive, it's big so pay a big price, if you drive small you pay small, it's a pity you don't pay higher road tax as well, driving behind you folk is a real pain
[quote][p][bold]rayc[/bold] wrote: Good luck with this venture but will Brittany ferries publish a fares list? When I last wanted to use them for a non peak motorhome return it was over £500. Even with the cost of Diesel it was a great deal cheaper going by Eurotunnel. Local SW region people will not keep the service running so its got to be attractive to those who have got alternatives and this is where it will fail.[/p][/quote]Easy get rid of the junk you drive, it's big so pay a big price, if you drive small you pay small, it's a pity you don't pay higher road tax as well, driving behind you folk is a real pain skydriver
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