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Transport in Guernsey

Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands. It is part of the Common Travel Area, allowing passport-free travel to and from the United Kingdom.

Ruette Tranquille
Guernsey tour bus

Air

Guernsey Airport is located 3 miles south-west of St Peter Port, the island’s capital. Airlines operating scheduled services to and from Guernsey are Aurigny Air Services (owned by the States of Guernsey), Blue Islands and FlyBe.

External links
  • Guernsey Airport

Buses

Bus services are operated by CT Plus Guernsey on behalf of the Environment Department of the States of Guernsey (the island’s government).

External links
  • Bus timetable
  • States of Guernsey website: bus services
  • Island Coachways: bus services

Railways

Guernsey

There are currently no railway services on Guernsey. The Guernsey Railway, which was virtually an electric tramway, and which began working on 20 February 1892, was abandoned on 9 June 1934. It replaced an earlier transport system which was worked by steam, and was named the Guernsey Steam Tramway. The latter began service on 6 June 1879 with six locomotives.[1]

Alderney

The Alderney Railway provides a rail link of approximately two miles, with a regular timetabled service during the summer months and at seasonal festivals including Easter and Christmas. It is now the only working railway on the Channel Islands to provide a public transport link. It is also one of the oldest railways in the British Isles, dating from 1847, and carried Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as the first 'official' passengers in 1857.[2]

There is also a 7 14 in (184 mm) gauge miniature railway on Alderney, which operates during the summer months.[3]

Roads

Traffic in Guernsey drives on the left. Roads are generally narrow, with speed limits of 25 miles per hour in urban areas and 35 miles per hour elsewhere. Motor tax will be abolished in Guernsey from 1 January 2008. [1] There are six taxi ranks in St Peter Port. [2] Vehicle registration plates in Guernsey normally carry five numerals only; the international identification sticker/plate is "GBG".

Sea

Condor Ferries operate services to Poole, Portsmouth and Weymouth in England, Cherbourg and St Malo in France, and to Jersey. Condor Ferries became the main operator to the UK following the closure of British Channel Island Ferries in 1994. Previously Sealink (and its railway ferries predecessors) had been the main operator for many decades.

HD Ferries operated ferries to Jersey, St Malo and Cherbourg from 2007 till 2009.

The French company Manche Îles Express operates a summer passenger-only ferry service between Guernsey and three small ports in Normandy, France: Barneville-Carteret, Diélette and Granville. Not every port is served daily.

The Isle of Sark Shipping Company operates small ferries to Sark. The service takes 45 minutes for the 9-mile crossing.

On 20 August 2013, Huelin-Renouf, which had operated a "lift-on lift-off" container service for 80 years between the Port of Southampton and the ports of Jersey and Guernsey, ceased trading.[4] Senator Alan Maclean, a Jersey politician had previously tried to save the 90-odd jobs furnished by the company to no avail.[5] On 20 September, it was announced that Channel Island Lines would continue this service, and would purchase the MV Huelin Dispatch from Associated British Ports who in turn had purchased them from the receiver in the bankruptcy.[6] The new operator was to be funded by Rockayne Limited, a closely held association of Jersey businesspeople.[6]

External links
  • Condor Ferries
  • HD Ferries
  • Manches Îles Express
  • Isle of Sark Shipping Company
  • Guernsey Harbours Authority

See also

References

  1. ^ Notes on the Railway taken from The Railway Magazine, September 1934 edition
  2. ^ See references at the Island tourist website.
  3. ^ See miniature railway webpage here.
  4. ^ bbc.co.uk: "Shipping company Huelin-Renouf stops trading" 20 Aug 2013
  5. ^ "Talks under way to save 90 jobs at Huelin-Renouf" 17 Aug 2013
  6. ^ a b bbc.co.uk: "New Channel Island company offers freight service" 20 Sep 2013

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