LONDON UK. (Jan 22) Around 10,000 travellers who had booked with Brittany Ferries between 29 March and mid-May have been told their original sailings have been cancelled and that they have been rebooked on different departures. Their journey plans were disrupted by the government’s no-deal Brexit contingency planning.
Brittany Ferries has posted an online statement: “We were approached by the Department for Transport as a trusted and reliable ferry operator to see if we could assist with this initiative and have since agreed to play our part.
The French company is one of three firms appointed by the Chris Grayling at the Department for Transport(DfT) to provide additional ferry capacity if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal.
The move is designed to relieve the pressure on short-sea crossings from Dover.
“The contract guarantees space on some of our ships and Channel routes for the delivery of critical goods post-Brexit.
“The initiative is good news for Brittany Ferries, as it offers some stability and certainty in uncertain times.”
The firm has redrawn its schedules to allow for 19 extra sailings a week from Portsmouth to Le Havre, Poole to Cherbourg and Plymouth to Roscoff.
A spokesperson for Brittany Ferries said: “Our customer relations teams are working hard to find suitable alternatives for those who are not happy with the revised sailing we have proposed.”
A decision has not yet been made on whether the revised schedules will continue beyond mid-May. If they do, thousands more passengers will be affected.