Date announced for the return of Sandbanks ferry

Date announced for the return of Sandbanks ferry

Published by George Sharpe at 5:14pm 29th October 2019. (Updated at 7:41am 30th October 2019)

After a three month hiatus, the ferry company's finally announced the service's return.

The Sandbanks Ferry Company has announced the return of the chain ferry to full service, beginning on Thursday, 31st October 2019.

Since July, it's been out of action due to a broken drive shaft and the alternative route takes commuters and tourists alike on a 26 mile detour.

To expedite the repair, the Company paid an additional £46,000 to halve the lead time on a replacement component -and as a precautionary measure, replaced the second unaffected driveshaft assembly to minimise any risk of future loss in service.

The first service will set off around 7am on Thursday from Sandbanks, with 3 crossings per hour in each direction as usual.

Mike Kean, Managing Director of the Sandbanks Ferry Company, said:

“We are delighted to announce the return of the Sandbanks chain ferry to service on Thursday, October 31st at 07:00.

“We know that the lack of a ferry service has caused a difficult and frustrating summer for many residents of Studland, Swanage and Poole, as well as for local businesses and of course, for the Company and its employees.

"We’d like to extend our sincere apologies once again for the issues caused by the service suspension, and a heartfelt thank you for the support we’ve been shown by the local communities while the ferry has been out of service. Our staff and contractors have worked incredibly hard over the summer on the repairs in order to return the ferry to the passengers who rely on it."

Since July, visitors and commuters have been forced to take a lengthy 26 mile detour

“We’re looking forward to welcoming friends old and new on board, and to recommencing a regular, safe and reliable service to the local community, as we have done for many years.”

They've also announced double discounts on all books of ferry tickets bought between now and the end of November 2019.