FERRY firm LD Lines has announced the launch of a new service between Rosslare, in southern Ireland, and Cherbourg.
The service will start on September 19 and offer six return sailings each week with a crossing time of 17 hours, with the Norman Voyager operating on the route.
The link, previously launched by the company between Rosslare and Le Havre in November 2008, is being re-located to operate via Cherbourg to increase service frequency, with shorter crossing times to and from Rosslare.
Christophe Santoni, managing director of LD lines, said: "There is an ever-increasing demand to develop direct Ireland to France ferry links avoiding the UK mainland.
"And we are responding to the needs of freight customers in particular, who continue to require greater frequency of service and shorter crossings times wherever possible."
The Norman Voyager was introduced by LD Lines in November 2008 onto the Portsmouth to Le Havre / Le Havre to Rosslare services and has capacity for up to 800 passengers, 200 cars and up to 120 freight vehicles.