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Future set fair for Newhaven-Dieppe ferry

The future of the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry looks more hopeful, after a delegation from Sussex held talks in France.

The service is currently operated by the Danish company DFDS, and subsidised by the French.

But the cross-Channel rivals Eurotunnel mounted a legal challenge, claiming that's unfair competition.

Now, a new contract has been put out to tender. Malcolm Shaw spoke to Lewes MP Maria Caulfield, and Steve Saunders, Mayor of Newhaven.

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Ferry to resume normal service

The Condor Liberation ferry Credit: ITV News Meridian

A ferry serving Dorset could return to normal service tomorrow after safety concerns.

The Condor Liberation, which runs from Poole to the Channel Islands, had been detained by Maritime Authorities after an inspection on Tuesday. It had been having engineering problems since its launch a year ago.

Condor say all of the matters highlighted in the MCA's inspection have now been rectified.

Decision on ferry terminal redevelopment due today

The Red Funnel ferry and high speed Red Jet carries passengers from Southampton to the Isle of Wight Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Plans for a multi million pound new ferry terminal in Southampton could be given the go ahead tonight.

Councillors are meeting to decide if they will approve the Red Funnel terminal. It would be the first part of a £450 million redevelopment at the Royal Pier.

If it's given the green light, work will begin later this year.

Video: Condor's new ferry arrives in Poole

Condor 102 – the latest addition to the Condor Ferries fleet – arrived into the UK this morning, sailing into her UK base of Poole. The ship is the first of her kind in Northern Europe.

Watched by keen on-lookers and escorted by a tug, Condor 102 sailed past the Sandbanks peninsula and alongside Brownsea Island, before berthing at Poole Port.

The arrival concludes her long journey from Cebu in the Philippines, from where she departed on 4 December. During her 10,500 nautical mile journey she has sailed across the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal and via the Mediterranean before travelling up the Bay of Biscay and into the English Channel. The new ship represents £50m of investment in the Channel Islands, securing the future of high speed ferry travel to the Islands.

Condor 102 will now go through a period of customisation in Poole with a full internal fit out completed by interior refurbishment specialists Trimline. She will also complete a series of sea trials in the UK and the Channel Islands before she officially comes into service in late March, sailing from Poole to Guernsey and Jersey.

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Condor 102 arrives in Poole today Credit: Condor Ferries

The latest addition to the Condor Ferries fleet – Condor 102 – will arrive in the UK today, completing her maiden voyage into her new base of Poole.

Escorted by a tug, Condor 102 will sail past the Sandbanks peninsula and alongside Brownsea Island, before berthing at Poole Port at approximately 1000.

Her arrival will conclude her 10,500 nautical mile journey from Cebu in the Philippines. The sleek new state-of-the-art 102m trimaran represents £50m of investment in the route to the Channel Islands.

The best vantage point will be from the Sandbanks peninsula, along Poole Harbour or from Baiter Park.

After sea trials, Condor 102 will come into service in late March, sailing from Poole to Guernsey and Jersey.

Isle of Wight MP calls for ferry review

Ferry services to and from the Isle of Wight don't represent value for money, according to the island's MP.

Andrew Turner held a special House of Commons debate last night where he called for a review into Wightlink and Red Funnel services across the Solent. He complained of high ticket prices and a reduced number of crossings.

Survivor's fears after ferry disaster

A survivor of the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster has spoken of her anger that rules imposed after the tragedy could be relaxed or even abandoned. The Herald went down en route to Dover in March 1987 with the loss of 193 lives. Lynette Lee said she was appalled that any changes could even be considered. But the Government agency which is proposing the changes says there are now better and more modern safety measures in place as Derek Johnson reports.

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