Ferry hours reduced as travel restrictions bite

It’s just been announced that the Sandbanks Ferry will finish operating on a daily basis at 7.10 pm for the foreseeable future. The change in the schedule will start from Tuesday 14th April 2020.

Since the introduction of non-essential travel restrictions by the UK Government, in response to the coronavirus crisis, the number of vehicles using the ferry has reduced. In a statement, the ferry company said:

“The final ferry from Sandbanks (each evening) will be at 7.00 pm and from Studland at 7.10 pm. We’ll still be open from 7 am everyday and will continue to operate three trips per hour as normal throughout the day.”

Last month, the Sandbanks Ferry stopped taking all foot passengers, cyclists and motorcyclists. It has since continued to carry cars and commercial vehicles but drivers have to stay in their vehicles.

Emergency vehicles, key workers and delivery vehicles

At the time on March 23rd 2020, Mike Kean, Managing Director of the Sandbanks Ferry Company, said:

“Our immediate priority is to take steps to maintain a regular ferry service for those who will depend upon it in the coming days and weeks, such as emergency vehicles, key workers and delivery vehicles.

“We fully support the Government advice on avoiding non-essential travel, and believe that closing our doors temporarily to foot passengers and cyclists – nearly all of which are leisure-related – will help to limit the exposure of our staff to infection and in turn keep the ferry service operating to our regular schedule.”

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