Severe weather causes ferry cancellations

WEATHER Bad conditions have led to ferry services being cancelled
WEATHER Bad conditions have led to ferry services being cancelled
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BAD weather has led to ferries being cancelled from Portsmouth today.

Brittany Ferries are not operating two of its high-speed services to France as three metre high waves have seen services stopped on safety grounds.

The company could not give an exact number, but believe a ‘couple hundred’ passengers could be affected.

Both of its high-speed departures from Portsmouth to Cherbourg have been stopped.

Passengers on these services have been contacted and transferred to cruise ferry routes to Caen instead.

The firm have then arranged taxi and mini-bus transport for foot passengers from Caen to Cherbourg.

They said they will strive to resume normal service tomorrow - and all five of its cruise ferry departures will run as normal today.

These are three departures from Portsmouth to Caen, one to St Malo and one to Santander.

Stephen Tuckwell, director of port operations in Portsmouth, said: ‘We have tried to minimise the inconvenience that will be caused to passengers.’

Passengers on services to the Isle of Wight face further delays also caused by the bad weather. Revisions have been made to the catamaran service between Portsmouth Harbour and Ryde Pier Head until further notice.

From Portsmouth Harbour departures will now be at 15 minutes past the hour and from Ryde Pier departures will be at 47 minutes past the hour.