The future of the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry has been secured for another four years following a meeting in France on Monday (May 23).
Pascal Martin, Président of the Seine Maritime Département and of ferry owner SMPAT, told the meeting room that a new, four-year contract will start in August.
The date for tenders has now closed, with current service provider DFDS being one of those to put in a bid for the new contract.
Maria Caulfield MP, who attended the meeting in Dieppe alongside Newhaven Town Council official Susie Mullins and the Mayor of Dieppe, said: “I am looking forward to the announcement as to who has been awarded the contract and the fact that this will give some security for many years to come.
“The ferry is a vital part of the investment needed for Newhaven’s regeneration and so I very much welcome the hard work of those who have secured the future of the ferry.”
Ms Caulfield said the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry service has seen a 50 per cent uplift in users in the past year, which is thought to be due, in part, to the negative impact the migrant crisis is having on neighbouring French ferry ports, including Calais.
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