Poole to Cherbourg ferry service ends for good

The Barfleur ferry
Image caption The Barfleur cross-Channel ferry was brought back on a trial basis last year

A cross-Channel ferry service between Dorset and France has been axed.

The Barfleur ferry, which ran between Poole and Cherbourg, was withdrawn in March 2010 but resumed on a trial basis in March 2011.

However, Brittany Ferries has decided to scrap the service for good, blaming difficult economic conditions.

A fastcat service operated by Brittany Ferries' partner, Condor Ferries, will continue to sail the route during summer months.

A freight service will also continue.

The Barfleur, which carried foot passengers, vehicles and freight, has been laid up while a decision on its future was made.

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