Passengers will be able to sail from Weymouth from 17 July
Dorset-based Condor Ferries is preparing to welcome passengers back to Weymouth port for the first time in more than a year when services resume next month.
Reconstruction work on the ferry berth is almost complete, with just weeks to go before passengers can once again travel on ferry services between Weymouth, the Channel Islands and France.
More than 30,000 passengers have already booked travel to and from Weymouth this summer.
Condor Ferries will be operating sailings from both Weymouth and Poole from Wednesday 17 July, offering passengers the opportunity to select their preferred departure port.
The ferry company temporarily moved out of Weymouth and increased its services from Poole after a fault was discovered in the Weymouth harbourside in March 2012.
The repair costs, being met by the Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, have now reached £4.47million – half a million more than anticipated – due to a previously undiscovered
concrete structure beneath the quay.
An economic survey from 2002 cited the ferry service as worth £7.7m a year to the local economy.
Alicia Andrews, sales and marketing director at Condor Ferries, said: ‘We always intended to return to Weymouth, once the ferry port was repaired.
‘It’s the natural gateway to the Channel Islands, and in the past year we have been active in fostering closer ties between the town and both Channel Islands.
‘We are excited that we will be back as planned and know many of our guests are looking forward to being able to travel from Weymouth once more.’
The daily service from Weymouth to Guernsey, Jersey and St Malo gives access to the Channel Islands’ stunning scenery and popular attractions, including the Jersey War Tunnels, Durrell Wildlife Park, to Castle Cornet and Victor Hugo’s Hauteville House on Guernsey, where the author wrote his most famous work, Les Misérables.
To find out more visit www.condorferries.com