Running a French Holiday Gite in Rural Brittany

Thursday, September 02, 2010

LD Lines closes down their Boulogne service and runs aground at Portsmouth

LD Lines
A double oh-dear this month for LD Lines.

First up after I reported that there was no clear future for Dover operations for LD Lines early last month, the company has have now confirmed to the BBC that the LD Lines service from Dover to Boulogne will cease on 6th September. One of the boats has already been transferred onto a new France/Spain service and the second will be considered to be used on the same route as a freight-only service, but this appears to be "a possibility".

LD Lines withdrawal now means that there are now no passenger services running into Boulogne at all.

And with a second "oops" for LD Lines they've also had to announce a temporary suspension of the Norman Arrow service from Portsmouth to Le Havre after the fast cat hit a buoy coming into Le Havre port on Sunday.

We just got back from three lovely weeks at our Brittany Gite on Sunday morning (2am) and quite by chance travelled back on the Norman Arrow into Portsmouth. The incident must have occurred on the sailing immediately after the one we were on - lucky we missed that one then !

I'll be writing some blog posts about our holiday and will upload some photos of the Norman Arrow as it really is a lovely ship and it really zips across the long western channel crossing from Le Havre.

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