Maria Caulfield MP has spoken of her delight following the announcement that the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry will remain operation for at least another five years.

SMPAT, the owner of Transmanche Ferries which operates the route, voted unanimously at a meeting on the 29th of November to continue the 1,690 annual crossings for at least five more years from the 1st of January 2018.

Since being elected as Newhaven’s MP Maria Caulfield has worked continuously to ensure that the ferry service remains in Newhaven, especially when there was a possibility of closure. Maria Caulfield has held numerous meetings with both Transmanche and the French port authorities both in France and Newhaven to put across the desire for the ferry and its importance to Newhaven’s regeneration.

Maria Caulfield MP said: “It is wonderful news for Newhaven and businesses across the South East that the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry will continue for at least another five years!”

“During my time as Newhaven’s MP I have worked with the ferry operators and campaigned to ensure that the service will continue. I regularly meet with the French port authorities here in Newhaven and travel to Dieppe for meetings in support of  the ferry service. I have made sure that they are aware how much we want the ferry here in Newhaven.”

“The ferry and the benefits that it brings are a vital part of the ongoing regeneration of Newhaven and I am delighted that it will be continuing for a further five years and also that passengers will see improvements to the restaurant services.”