Inter-island ferry service 'still being considered'

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AN inter-island passenger-only ferry service run by Condor could still be set up despite Guernsey’s government scrapping the idea, Economic Development Minister Lyndon Farnham has said.

Senator Farnham said that he was disappointed with Guernsey’s decision and that he would be in talks with the ferry company to try to rescue the idea.

Guernsey’s government recently held a series of discussions with Condor and the States of Jersey about the initiative but on Wednesday deemed it financially unviable.

The island’s Economic Development Committee said that a subsidy would be needed to support the scheme and that such an idea was not in the best interests of the public.

Last month, staff from the ferry company were allegedly spotted on-board a 41-seater catamaran, Gardian 14, in St Peter Port Harbour. It is understood that the vessel is currently for sale or available for charter.

Senator Farnham described Guernsey’s decision as ‘slightly disappointing’.

He said: ‘Jersey is still discussing its position with Condor, but I would have really preferred to have worked with Guernsey on this.

‘I think Guernsey got the wrong end of the stick when the word “subsidy” was used. What we wanted to do was underwrite the service during a short summer trial period to give some insurance to Condor.'

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