A new high-speed cross-channel ferry service designed to rival budget air services has been unveiled.

In a move that may interest Normandy property investors and others looking to buy in the north of France, LD Lines has announced the launch of a 112-metre catamaran ferry that will carry freight, cars and foot passengers faster than any ferry that has yet crossed the Dover straits.

Spokesperson for the firm Nick Stevens said fares will be competitive with low-cost airlines and the lack of airport procedures will mean journey times are shorter with the new faster ships.

"Travelling by car, by ferry and now particularly by fast ferry, provide the traveller with so many unique advantages," he stated.

While LD’s new service will run from Dover to Bolougne from late May, the operator already runs other services to the Normandy ports of Dieppe and Le Havre.

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