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 a friend who is docking at Cherbourg Harbor told me that there is going to be a line portland cherbourg from the highspeedferries company with catamaran when the harbor port work will be finished someone has information on this new line and on the work

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Never going to happen, certainly not from Portland Port, I work there and pretty sure Weymouth and Portland council are going to sell off the ferry terminal for development. The chap behind high speed ferries is a bit of a dreamer, has promised a service for a few years now but nothing except empty promises have materialise.

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If an HSC service from Portland to Cherbourg was going to happen it would have happened long ago.  Portland's problem is that it does not have a linkspan and because of the cost of such a thing is unlikely ever to have.  This is because of Portland's very poor road links which are unlikely to improve.  Don't confuse Portland with Weymouth.  They are not the same place.

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Except in that a route from Weymouth is highly unlikely to happen too - for different reasons - the authorities in Weymouth are all but resigned to its ferry days being over (due in no small part to their own decisions down the years) and are either in the orocess of or on the verge of redeveloping the ferry port into something else.

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In the middle of summer it's almost as quick to get to Portland as it is to battle your way though town to get to the ferry terminal. The road links to Portland aren't the major problem, Portland don't want to spend the money on a linkspan on the chance this dreamer comes up with a viable business plan. And as I said above, Weymouth are or in the process of selling off the ferry terminal for redevelopment.

The only ferries that are ever going to run out of either two places are already running, that's the small trip boats 

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