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Fascinating reading this morning on the great success of the new ‘bateaux bus’ service linking the Vieux Port with Pointe Rouge.  By the end of August, more than 244,400 passengers had used it, that’s 1400 a day, twice as many as forecast.  97% of users were satisfied and they discovered that the passengers were 70% locals.

 

But the service ends on Sunday and won’t restart til 1st March!

The president of MPM says that although it has been ‘un véritable succes’, the possibility of bad weather rules out a winter service.  It does seem a shame to stop the boats, especially as travelling by road in Marseille at the moment is so congested.

However next year will see an additional service linking the Vieux Port with L’Estaque – 13 departures a day from 1st May.  This will be a 40 min journey.

Meanwhile César, the famous old ferry boat which plied for 50 years across the port is to come back into service.  It’s had a big revamp and has been in use recently in the local filming of Marius, Fanny and César, the Pagnol trilogy directed by Daniel Auteuil.

It will return to its traditional route between the mairie and the places aux Huiles. The new solar-powered boat which I have to say I found rather swish will have some damage repaired and then be used to take people around to the new museum MUCEM which will open next year.

The pedestrianisation of the Vieux Port area is coming on a pace, causing a fair amount of chaos, but from what I could see through the fence, the paving looks elegant and I should think it will be a wonderful open space for us all to enjoy!

 

 

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