Thursday 18 July, 2019
FERRY SERVICE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED  Please see NEWS page for full details


Please see press release 'Future of the service' (PDF document)

Service suspended

The Sandbanks Ferry was withdrawn from service on Friday 12th July following a fracture of one of the main drive shafts. The Ferry has two independent drive systems which consists of diesel engines driving a hydraulic pump. This provides the hydraulic pressure to turn a hydraulic motor which is connected to the drive wheel via a drive shaft. It is one of these drive shafts which has broken. In order to remove the drive wheel to change the broken shaft requires specialist repairers. In order to speed up the whole repair process we have taken the costly decision to have the ferry towed to a suitably equipped repair facility in Southampton to have the work undertaken. It is difficult to put a timescale on how long this work will take, considering the shaft must be specially made, but we estimate that we will be out of service until at least 12th August. We sincerely apologise to all our valued customers for this inconvenience, but can only assure you that we are working as hard as we can to return the ferry to full service as soon as possible.


We are pleased to announce that we can now take payments for credit and debit cards at the toll boxes on the Studland side of the crossing and at the Northaven box (the blue hut on the Poole side).

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Postcodes for Sat Nav users

The postcodes necessary for Sat Nav users are BH13 7QN for the Poole/Bournemouth side of the ferry, and BH19 3BA for the Studland/Swanage side of the ferry.


Pictures of Sanbanks ferry

Pictures of Sanbanks ferry

Pictures of Sanbanks ferry
Ferry Office, Shell Bay, Studland, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 3BA.
Telephone: (01929)450203