IT'S BACK!

The Sandbanks Ferry has finally returned to Dorset, more than 15 weeks after it went out of action.

Swanage and Wareham Voice:

There are still a few days to go before it will be carrying vehicles and passengers but its arrival this morning was a welcome sight for the thousands of people affected by its suspension.

The ferry, The Bramble Bush Bay, was at a repair facility in Southampton for months waiting for a specialist part.

Swanage and Wareham Voice:

Since the part arrived, engineers have been working round-the-clock to get it back up and running as soon as possible.

Swanage and Wareham Voice:

It was towed to Poole Bay overnight and will now undergo tests.

If all goes according to plan the ferry should be running by the end of the week.

More follows.