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DFDS Newhaven Dieppe ferry service continues for a year

Newhaven to Dieppe ferry
Image caption Concerns had been raised about the long-term future of the service

A cross-Channel ferry service between Newhaven and Dieppe will continue operating for another year, it has been announced.

DFDS Seaways said it had reached an agreement with cross-Channel authorities that the operation would continue.

In August, calls were made for more to be done to secure its long-term future.

The contract had been due to expire at the end of the year.

DFDS Seaways said it had reached an agreement in principle with the Syndicat Mixte de Promotion de L'Activité Transmanche (SMPAT) to extend operation and marketing of the service for another year.

New sailing schedules will be introduced during peak periods in response to growing tourism and economic demands, DFDS said.

The ferry operator said the ships would also be adapted to use cleaner fuels.

DFDS said the plans would safeguard jobs for crew members and shore-side staff for another year.

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