Gareth, BCIF wanted one single UK port which they believed would make the service more efficient and cost effective. Also many people wanted to travel overnight in both directions and to do that when they sailed from both Portsmouth and Weymouth you had to go out from one UK port and return to another. Plus I think they thought the daylight crossing from Portsmouth was too long and they also argued slot times were not ideal from there. Of course in hindsight it opened the door for attack both sides. Condor with their rival passenger only wavepiercer service and Commodore opening a new ro ro freight service from Portsmouth. Shame really as at the start the new Poole service did very well passenger number wise with 20 per cent or so increase in carryings compared to 1988.