PLANS to launch a ferry service between Ilfracombe and Swansea have resurfaced on the other side of the Bristol Channel.
The idea was first put forward by Severn Link in 2010 and greeted enthusiastically by business and community leaders in both ports but plans floundered due to the expense of putting the necessary infrastructure in place.
Now Ilfracombe businessman Mark Hutchings has revealed his intentions to launch the scheme at a meeting with North Devon Council.
However, he called for caution and stressed that the project could not be guaranteed until a number of issues were resolved.
He said: "I can't understate how important it is for us to get this funding."
Unlike the previous proposals, Mr Hutchings said he was looking at commissioning a custom ferry to be built.
"It makes a lot more sense building something that we want than trying to adapt something to fit our needs," he said.
A Swansea Council spokesman said: "We've not been involved in any recent discussions about this idea but the introduction of a ferry service between Ilfracombe and Swansea is something we'd welcome in principle. The arrival of more visitors here would boost our local businesses."