Clocks Go Forward This Weekend

Clocks Go Forward This Weekend... Don’t Be Late!

It doesn't seem like 5 minutes since we were informing you that the clocks where going back for autumn. So, imagine the shock horror at Freightlink HQ this week when we noticed that the clocks where going forward this weekend! As we don’t want you to miss your ferries on Sunday or forget to change the clock on your tachograph, here's everything you need to know...

When do the clocks go forward?

The clocks go forward on Sunday 26th March at 1am, which means you should put your clocks forward an hour.

The move this Sunday to British Summer Time (BST) means that the days are getting longer, but switching clocks also means a whole hour less in bed.

The clocks always go forward an hour on the last weekend in March in spring and go back on the final weekend of October in autumn.

"Spring Forward, Fall Back"

Why do we change our clocks?

In the First World War, both Germany and Austria introduced the moving of the clocks in order to save on coal usage. The concept was invented by George Vincent Hudson in 1895, who was an entomologist from New Zealand. British businessman William Willett is also credited with the idea as a way of getting up earlier and so having more daylight hours after work.

While the UK has always had Daylight Saving Time (DST), it came into widespread use across the world during the 1970s because of the energy crisis.

Why would I be late for my Ferry?

It took us a few attempts here at Freightlink to work out why you could miss your ferry (It was lunchtime), however we've come up with a simple explanation -

Normal time: 2am
New time: 3am
Time your ferry leaves: 9am

9am will come earlier than it usually does due to the time change. That's why we lose one hour of sleep. So, for the person that doesn't change the clock, and their ferry leaves at 9am, it will actually be 10am for the rest of the people on the ferry. Hence, for the person looking to get on their ferry at 9am without changing their clock, that person will be...


If you've got any questions about your ferry schedule this weekend, check out our Ferry Schedules page. Still not sure? Speak to our helpful customer service team.

23 March 2017

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