2020/03/23: Cars and commercial vehicles

Sandbanks ferry to carry cars and commercial vehicles only until further notice – 23rd March 2020.

Service closed to foot traffic, bicycles and motorcycles to support Government directive on non-essential travel and social distancing

The Sandbanks Ferry Company, which runs the chain ferry service between Studland and Poole, has announced that it will be temporarily withdrawing its service to foot passengers, bicycles & motorcycles.

From close of business Monday 23rd March 2020 until further notice, the ferry will only carry cars, buses, goods vehicles and emergency vehicles.

The change in service has been introduced in response to the current coronavirus health crisis to support social distancing guidance. This move is in addition to previous advice given by the ferry company to passengers to be mindful of maintaining distance and to observe hygiene precautions when travelling.

Mike Kean, Managing Director of the Sandbanks Ferry Company, said: “Our immediate priority is to take steps to maintain a regular ferry service for those who will depend upon it in the coming days and weeks, such as emergency vehicles, key workers and delivery vehicles.

“We fully support the Government advice on avoiding non- essential travel, and believe that closing our doors temporarily to foot passengers and cyclists – nearly all of which are leisure-related – will help to limit the exposure of our staff to infection and in turn keep the ferry service operating to our regular schedule.”

The ferry company also reinforced its advice to motorised traffic to consider social distancing when travelling aboard the ferry. Mike Kean added: “We are requesting that passengers remain in their vehicles during the crossing in order to help maintain a suitable distance between themselves, staff and other passengers. There is no need to get out of your vehicle during the short crossing, so we strongly urge passengers to stay in their vehicles unless absolutely necessary.

“Furthermore, in an effort to limit the spread of any disease it would be helpful if our customers could use contactless payments cards wherever possible rather than cash.”

Mike Kean summarised: “We will continue to closely monitor Government advice and look at ways to protect the operation of the ferry service. We hope that our foot and bike passengers understand and appreciate the reasons for making this decision, and we look forward to welcoming them back in the very near future.”

23rd March 2020