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Historic ferry connection to France secured thanks to contract extension until 2027

The future of the Newhaven-Dieppe ferry line is secured until 2027.

Transport links between the Sussex coast and France are to continue for at least five years.

The DFDS ferry link between Newhaven and Dieppe will be extended after the company is awarded a new contract.

The current deal was previously set to expire at the end of the year, but now a new deal has been agreed which will run until at least 2027.

Ferries to the Normandy coast currently run twice a day across the English Channel with an extra trip added during the high season between May and September.

Jean Claude Charlo, head of the French organization at DFDS, said: “Today’s announcement secures hundreds of local jobs and will allow us to continue with our ambitious plans to invest in the road.

“We have a very clear vision for the future of the road, and we are excited about the opportunity to achieve this over the next five years.

“In addition to a new brand image and a new timetable, which will increase frequency during the key period of summer, we will also be investing heavily in the ships, introducing a new driver concept on board and an area Enhanced Duty Free We have a very clear vision for the future of the road, and we are excited about the opportunity to achieve this over the next five years.

“We will work with local organizations and tourist boards to promote Dieppe and the wider Normandy region to UK visitors, attracting more holidaymakers to the region and helping to stimulate investment in the local economy.”

The future of the Newhaven-Dieppe line had already been in doubt after rulings against carrier DFDS, but the French government continued to subsidize the route.

The crossing has been run by the Danish company since 2012, which has now won the contract for the route three times.

The ferry link continues to create a large number of jobs in the region and is a popular crossing to mainland Europe. The service has been part of Newhaven for some time, dating back to the mid-19th century.

Maria Caulfield at Newhaven Ferry Port (Image: Maria Caulfield)

Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes, said: “I am delighted that ferries between Newhaven and Dieppe will continue for another five years. I met several times with representatives in Newhaven and Dieppe to ensure the continuity of this service.

“I know the people of Newhaven and beyond really appreciate this service, and I salute this vote of confidence in Newhaven as we continue to regenerate the town.”