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NEW FERRY ON HORI­ZON

Brit­tany Fer­ries has or­dered a new crossChan­nel ship for its most pop­u­lar route, from Portsmouth to Caen. The Hon­fleur will make three daily re­turn jour­neys start­ing in June 2019. The com­pany said the £175 mil­lion in­vest­ment showed its con­fi­dence in the UK, es­pe­cially after Brexit. The Hon­fleur will be the largest in Brit­tany Fer­ries’ fleet, car­ry­ing up to 1,680 pas­sen­gers, 550 cars and 64 lor­ries. Fa­cil­i­ties will in­clude a 120-seat restau­rant, two cin­e­mas and a shop­ping area. brit­tany-fer­ries.co.uk

STA­TION’S SCOOTER TRIAL

France’s state-owned rail com­pany SNCF has in­tro­duced scoot­ers ( trot­tinettes) at Saint-de­nis RER sta­tion in the Paris sub­urbs. The man­ual-push scoot­ers are al­lowed on pave­ments and will make it eas­ier for peo­ple to get to and from work. A mo­bile app al­lows users to or­der a scooter and find the near­est drop-off point. If the trial is a suc­cess, the ser­vice will be ex­tended to other RER and métro sta­tions, and the drop-off points in­creased. sncf.com

ALPS AIR LINK

A new start-up air­line called Pow­dair will con­nect sev­eral UK air­ports with the town of Sion in south-west Switzer­land this win­ter. The ser­vice is ex­pected to cut trans­fer times to the French Alps, in par­tic­u­lar the Portes du Soleil area, which in­cludes Avo­riaz, Les Gets and Morzine. Flights be­gin on 11 De­cem­ber and will operate dur­ing the ski sea­son from Bris­tol, Lu­ton, Manch­ester, Southamp­ton, Ed­in­burgh, Lon­don City and Lon­don Southend air­ports. Re­turn flights start from £250 and in­clude 23kg of hold lug­gage, as well as ski equip­ment. pow­dair.ski

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