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Sandbanks chain ferry out of action for five weeks
11:30am Tuesday 25th September 2012 in News
THE Sandbanks chain ferry will be taken out of service for up to five weeks from early November, it has been confirmed.
Ferry bosses, who operate the Poole Harbour service between Sandbanks and Shell Bay, say their usual daily crossings will be halted while the ferry is serviced at Southampton.
A Bournemouth-Swanage Motor Road and Ferry Company spokesman couldn’t give an exact date when the ferry is taken out of service, as this is dependent on weather conditions.
However, company bosses have pencilled in November 5 as a strong possibility.
The spokesman said: “Sometimes the decision is taken on the actual day. The ferry is taken out of the water and transported to Southampton every other year for a routine refit.
“Full details of the dates will be posted on our web page and facebook page.”
This means drivers, foot passengers and cyclists heading for Swanage will have to make a lengthy 20-mile road journey from Poole. The Bramble Bush Bay entered service in January 1994. It is the fourth ferry to operate at the harbour entrance since the company was established in 1923.