BRITTANY Ferries intends to increase its service between Poole and Cherbourg with up to six crossings a day from summer 2006.
The company will also supplement its service during this time with a high-speed ferry during the peak season.
However, passenger services between the two ports will be stopped from November 11 until January 22, 2006 as the ferry will be used to carry freight, before a refit that will see it return to service on January 23.
Steve Warner, Poole general manager, said: “Whilst we acknowledge that the absence of passenger services out of Poole for a few weeks will inconvenience some people, it is at a time of the year when we carry very few passengers.
“Fortunately, any inconvenience will be minimised by the fact that Brittany Ferries will have up to two crossings a day from Portsmouth, barely an hour’s drive away, to Cherbourg during this period.
“Of much greater significance is the improved service for summer 2006 when we carry the vast majority of our passengers which will be welcomed by everyone.”