A fast ferry service will resume from Weymouth today following repairs to a harbour wall.

At least 70,000 passengers have already booked travel with Condor Ferries to and from Weymouth over the summer.

Sailings to the Channel Islands were moved to Poole in February 2012 after cracks appeared in the 80-year-old berth.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council has spent more than £3.4 million repairing and rebuilding the quayside.

The ferry company’s sales and marketing director Alicia Andrews said: “We always intended to return to Weymouth, once the ferry port was repaired.

“It’s the natural gateway to the Channel Islands, and in the past year we have been active in fostering closer ties between the town and both Channel Islands.

“We’ve seen bookings to travel through the port increase from 30,000 four weeks ago to 70,000 today, a sure sign that our guests are looking forward to the return as much as we are.”