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Does anyone know why NEX hangs around in Cherbourg so long on the weekday schedule.Arrival into Portsmouth at 19.00 is fine for Southerners but those of us from north of Watford it means either an overnight stay or a very late arrival home.Why can't it leave at 15.00 and arrive at 17.00?

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I suppose the simple answer is that it could but it doesn't!  Whatever time you chose is going to be better for some than others. You could equally well ask why BF keep an expensive bit of plant for so few hours use a year. Only BF will know!

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It's to allow at least a few passengers to do day-trips to Cherbourg with enough time to pop into town on the courtesy shuttle bus and visit the supermarket etc. Ed. 

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An earlier departure would mean that less of France is within convenient reach of Cherbourg. NEX is very popular with people who holiday at the campsite we go to in The Vendee. It's a 5 hour drive and we need to be offsite by 10am so allowing for a lunchstop the timing works. We used to come back via Ouistreham but one year that crossing was 14.30 instead of 16.30 the day we were coming home and we didn't fancy having to be up at 5.30 to pack all the bedding etc into the car so we changed over to NEX and have stuck with it. We are just outside Glasgow so arriving in PIP at 19.00 on NEX instead of 21.00 from Ouistreham means we can get a couple of hours driving on this side before we stop and makes the journey back more bearable. The 19.00 arrival in the UK means that we are travelling after the rushhour.

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