Poole’s newest ferry company LD Lines announces plans to extend links just a month after service begins

Bournemouth Echo: SERVICE: The Norman Asturias SERVICE: The Norman Asturias

POOLE’S newest ferry company has announced plans to extend its links just a month after starting a service to Spain.

LD Lines began a twice weekly service to Santander on the Norman Asturias, the largest ferry to enter the port, transporting both freight and tourists.

Delighted with the success of the Poole service so far, which started on November 3, the company is now linking it with the Northern Spanish port of Gijón.

Jim Stewart, chief executive of Poole Harbour Commissioners said: “I am delighted that the LD service has been so successful and we are very pleased to see an exciting new destination to Gijon for passengers and freight.

“LD have been very complimentary about our service levels which are evidenced by PHC recently winning the Dorset business award for customer service excellence.”

For the first time Gijón will provide a passenger ferry link with Poole and Rosslare, as part of a two ship operation combining the Norman Asturias and sister ship Scintu. However from January it will cut one of its twice weekly Santander trips, replacing it with the Gijón service.

Christophe Santonie, chief executive officer of LD Lines said: “We are very pleased with the early response to the new Poole – Santander service and added to our existing France – Spain route the new links between Gijón and Poole and Rosslare – France – Spain will provide the tourist passenger market with even greater choice.”

The new service from Poole to Gijón will start on January 5 next year with a crossing time of 25 hours. Fares will start from £399 for a car and two passengers, including a cabin.

Departing on Tuesdays at mid-day, the service will return from Gijón on Fridays. The service to Santander will leave Poole on Saturdays and Santander on Sundays.

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1:47pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Derf says...

Why are the fares the same as Santander when LD get a nice fat juicy EU grant under their 'Motorway of the Seas' scheme for the Gijon services?
Why are the fares the same as Santander when LD get a nice fat juicy EU grant under their 'Motorway of the Seas' scheme for the Gijon services? Derf
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4:49pm Sun 15 Dec 13

pete woodley says...

Derf wrote:
Why are the fares the same as Santander when LD get a nice fat juicy EU grant under their 'Motorway of the Seas' scheme for the Gijon services?
Very good question,will we get a honest answer.
[quote][p][bold]Derf[/bold] wrote: Why are the fares the same as Santander when LD get a nice fat juicy EU grant under their 'Motorway of the Seas' scheme for the Gijon services?[/p][/quote]Very good question,will we get a honest answer. pete woodley
  • Score: 6

6:50pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Adrian XX says...

Simply because they believe they can fill the spaces at that price. When running a business, you consider both cost and demand when pricing a service. It is not as simple as "this service costs less to implement therefore we will charge less".
Simply because they believe they can fill the spaces at that price. When running a business, you consider both cost and demand when pricing a service. It is not as simple as "this service costs less to implement therefore we will charge less". Adrian XX
  • Score: 3

7:45pm Sun 15 Dec 13

LordLilliput says...

What an utterly awful piece of writing. Virtually incomprehensible to understand what the great news is here. I've read this three times now and please correct me if I'm wrong but are they not simply swapping one destination for the other that is just a few miles further along the coast? How is that such fantastic and successful news? Other than all parties bigging themselves up about what a good job they're doing and how everyone likes what they're all doing where exactly is the great news and expansion?

Or am I missing something?
What an utterly awful piece of writing. Virtually incomprehensible to understand what the great news is here. I've read this three times now and please correct me if I'm wrong but are they not simply swapping one destination for the other that is just a few miles further along the coast? How is that such fantastic and successful news? Other than all parties bigging themselves up about what a good job they're doing and how everyone likes what they're all doing where exactly is the great news and expansion? Or am I missing something? LordLilliput
  • Score: 15

8:04pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Old Colonial says...

LordLilliput wrote:
What an utterly awful piece of writing. Virtually incomprehensible to understand what the great news is here. I've read this three times now and please correct me if I'm wrong but are they not simply swapping one destination for the other that is just a few miles further along the coast? How is that such fantastic and successful news? Other than all parties bigging themselves up about what a good job they're doing and how everyone likes what they're all doing where exactly is the great news and expansion?

Or am I missing something?
That's what happens when you let semi-literate reporters loose on a Press Release. It's not getting any better is it?
[quote][p][bold]LordLilliput[/bold] wrote: What an utterly awful piece of writing. Virtually incomprehensible to understand what the great news is here. I've read this three times now and please correct me if I'm wrong but are they not simply swapping one destination for the other that is just a few miles further along the coast? How is that such fantastic and successful news? Other than all parties bigging themselves up about what a good job they're doing and how everyone likes what they're all doing where exactly is the great news and expansion? Or am I missing something?[/p][/quote]That's what happens when you let semi-literate reporters loose on a Press Release. It's not getting any better is it? Old Colonial
  • Score: 5

9:11pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Townee says...

Were expanding but cutting a sailing. Daaah ????
Were expanding but cutting a sailing. Daaah ???? Townee
  • Score: 3

5:25pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Callisto 1 says...

This makes it sound as if they have increased the services from Poole - NOT SO - they have cut 1 service to Santander and replaced it with 1 top Gijon so still 2 services a week
This makes it sound as if they have increased the services from Poole - NOT SO - they have cut 1 service to Santander and replaced it with 1 top Gijon so still 2 services a week Callisto 1
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