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Pandora Ferry Link trial proves huge success

28 September 2010 — 28 September 2011

A trial service to reinstate the Pandora Ferry Link proved a huge success this summer.

The crossing from Falmouth was first established in 1468 and became essential for the post service, running between Falmouth and London.

In the 1950s the service ceased operation, but Cornwall Ferries Ltd was keen to bring it back into use.

July and August saw around 30 passengers per day use the reinstated facility when the tides were right.

Tim Light, from Cornwall Ferries Limited, said: "As ever with such a venture it is all about people - customers and staff - we were blessed with both.

"Clearly the August weather provided some challenge for a small boat operation but thankfully visitors and locals are a hardy bunch."

Now the ferry company is looking to resurrect the crossing next summer following the promising trial.

Tim added: "Surprisingly the most popular route was from Point Quay to the Pandora Inn where we carried parties going for supper, so the Pandora was a fitting place for the crew to meet to discuss ideas for next year."

Ideas to reinstate the Pandora Ferry Link include starting operations in June to make use of the lighter evenings and offering an on demand service with use of the phone booking system.

To ensure the ferry timetable is easy to understand it might only be operated on days when the ferry can run all day.

Tim said: "We would love ideas on how to run the service, so if anyone has suggestions contact us on info@kingharryscornwall.co.uk.

"We would also like to thank the Truro Harbour Master, Cornwall Marine Network, the staff at Pandora Inn and all the wonderful skippers and volunteer crew who worked so hard to help reinstate the Pandora Ferry."