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New hope for inter-island ferry link

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ALDERNEY’S government could set up a ferry service linking the island with Jersey and Guernsey if a proposed venture with Condor fails to materialise, it has been revealed.

Alderney Picture: PIERRE HORSFALL

A dedicated inter-island ferry service between Guernsey and Jersey, operated by Condor Ferries and subsidised by each island’s States, was proposed earlier this year but never materialised.

The plans were shelved after Guernsey refused to invest funds in the scheme. However, talks are ongoing.

And Louis Jean – one of Alderney’s representatives in the Guernsey States – said the island’s government would consider setting up an inter-island service if the negotiations ultimately failed.

‘We can strengthen our transport links by linking together with Guernsey and Jersey to get an inter-island ferry service going.

‘It makes sense to work together as a united Bailiwick to address the various conundrums that we face with transport links,’ he said.

Mr Jean added: ‘With better transport links we would be able to stand up better financially and produce better output [to the States of Guernsey] in cash returns.

‘We have been involved in conversations to date [about an inter-island ferry service], which I am delighted about.

‘However, if it doesn’t work out then we will have to look at our own service.’

Mr Jean said Alderney was ‘an untapped market for Guernsey and Jersey’.

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