Higher prices?

So, P&O are closing most of their ferry routes out of Portsmouth. It’s happened before – I remember news coverage in years gone by predicting doom and gloom for Portsmouth ferry terminal, but at least some of these routes will pass to Brittany Ferries, who will now become almost the monopoly service provider, which can only mean fare increases for those of us that use Portsmouth routes. I’m not surprised by today’s announcement though – the last few times that I’ve been on the ferry from Portsmouth, it has been nothing like full.

2 Replies to “Higher prices?”

  1. Brittany Ferries, who will now become almost the monopoly service provider, which can only mean fare increases for those of us that use Portsmouth routes.

    Not it can’t. Not necessarily anyway. P&O haven’t dropped their services because of Brittany Ferries’ competition. They were also in competition with the channel tunnel, low cost air travel and, perhaps, people just going elsewhere which set P&O and Brittany Ferries’ prices. Brittany Ferries aren’t suddenly going to be the only way to get to France

    blithering bunny has an interesting post on ferry economics but sadly not permalink so you’ll have to search down ’till you find “Bargains galore, but not if the Consumers’ Association has its way”.

  2. Brittanny ferries issued their 2005 brochure first week in Dec 2004; and in last week in dec 2004 increased their prices by around 12%.
    However to conn customers they are still sending out the originally priced brochures.

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