Having planned to have the new Weymouth to Cherbourg high speed ferry route up and running this summer, the operator now hopes the route will be operational in 2017. The 2 hour high-speed ferry route between Weymouth and Cherbourg will significantly shorten journey times and aims to compete with the traditional Dover-Calais route in terms of sea + port time. Current Cherbourg routes are from Portsmouth with a 3 hour crossing time and from Poole with a 4.5 hour crossing.
High Speed Ferries have proposed a programme of twice-daily, two-hour crossings beginning early 2017 and running throughout the summer. During the winter there are scheduled to be 4 crossings a week.
You can find more information here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-35942984 and sign up for updates here: www.highspeedferries.com
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