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Isles of Scilly ferry service restarts after £2m refit

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Media captionThe ship has a new lounge, refurbished engines and a lift for disabled passengers

The Isles of Scilly's only passenger ferry service has restarted following a £2m refit.

Improvements to the Scillonian 3 include new flooring, lighting and catering facilities.

Islanders have been calling for the service, which operates for just seven months a year, to run all year round.

There have been concerns about transport links after the helicopter service ended in October and Skybus flights were disrupted by bad weather.

In October money to subsidise an Isles of Scilly helicopter link was ruled out by Transport Minister Norman Baker.

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