The Sandbanks Chain Ferry will be out of action for two months in the autumn.
The ferry company has made an early announcement about the ferry’s annual winter refit. The service will cease late on Sunday 22 September. It is hoped that the ferry will run again early in November.
However, this year it is not just the vessel which is being refurbished. Both slipways are to be rebuilt as there is a danger of them being underminded by tidal action if work is postponed.
Earlier this week the ferry had to cease operations due to rough sea and a high tide which flooded Shore Road in Sandbanks leaving the peninsular cut off.
Last year the winter the closure ran longer than expected.
See pages 20 and 21.