The transport links between the Sussex coast and France are to remain in place for at least five years.
The DFDS ferry service between Newhaven and Dieppe will be extended after the company won a new contract.
The current contract had previously expired by the end of the year, but a new contract has now been signed that now runs until at least 2027.
Ferries to the Normandy coast currently operate twice a day across the English Channel, with an additional trip being added in the high season between May and September.
Jean Claude Charlo, Head of the French organization at DFDS, said: “Today’s announcement secures hundreds of local jobs and will allow us to continue with our ambitious plans to invest in the route.
“We have a very clear vision for the route’s future and are excited about the opportunity to realize it over the next five years.
“In addition to new branding and a new schedule that will increase frequency during the important summer period, we will also be investing heavily in the ships, introducing a new onboard driver concept and an improved duty-free area. We have a very clear vision for the future of the track and we’re excited about the opportunity to make that happen over the next five years.”
“We will work with local organizations and tourist boards to attract British visitors to Dieppe and all of Normandy, attract more holidaymakers to the region and help stimulate investment in the local economy.”
The future of the Newhaven-Dieppe route had previously been in question after rulings against airline DFDS, but the French government has continued to subsidize the service.
The crossing has been operated by the Danish company since 2012, which has now won the contract for the connection three times.
The ferry service continues to provide a large number of jobs for the region and is a popular crossing to continental Europe. The service has been a part of Newhaven for some time, dating back to the mid 19th century.
Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes, said: “I am delighted that ferries will be operating between Newhaven and Dieppe for another five years. I have met with representatives in Newhaven and Dieppe on a number of occasions to ensure this service continues.
“I know residents in Newhaven and beyond really appreciate this service and I applaud this vote of confidence in Newhaven as we continue to renew the city.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23061649.newhaven-france-ferries-continue-dfds-extends-contract/?ref=rss Ferries from Newhaven to France continue as DFDS extends contract