South West Wales

Stena's Fishguard to Rosslare fast ferry service cut

The Fishguard to Rosslare fast ferry service will not be returning to service in the summer, it has been announced.

Stena Line has sold its Lynx III fastcraft but confirmed the twice-daily superferry service would continue.

A spokesperson said the Stena Europe Superferry service had benefited from a £1m refit in 2010.

Stena has already announced a cut in its fast ferry service between Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire.

The route from the north Wales port is now a seasonal service.

Image caption The Stena Europe superferry will continue to operate on the route

The company back in August blamed rising operational costs for the decision, which affected 88 staff. Stena's two traditional ferries are still running from Holyhead as an all-year round service.

Earlier this month, sailings of the Swansea to Cork ferry were cancelled.

Operator Fastnet Line then said it was attempting to restructure its business with a view to resuming sailings in April 2012.

Last month, plans were revealed to develop the ferry port in Fishguard.

Investment firm, Conygar, said it was working with Stena Line to seek consent for a marina, housing and a new promenade.

The partners are also behind plans for the waterfront at Holyhead on Anglesey.

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