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  2. Frankly I'll believe it when I see it. It may be they have chosen Bayonne as Google Maps shows an area of freight infrastructure that is going back to nature on the Quai de Lesseps. Ot also shows incidentally just how ageing SNCF's Overhead Electrification infrastructure is getting too. It could probably handle 100 lorries a day.
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  5. A big change for Brittany Ferries getting into the train business https://www.ouest-france.fr/normandie/la-brittany-ferries-prend-le-rail-6705595 Companies that do not adapt are doomed to disappear. It is by relying on this formula that Jean-Marc Roué, president of Brittany Ferries, formalized this Friday evening the launch of the new major project of the shipping company. He took advantage of the company's corporate vows ceremony in Bénouville near Caen. We must take into account the challenges of Brexit which are already disrupting traffic, insists Jean-Marc Roué. For example, over the past year we have seen a 30% increase in truck traffic between the Iberian Peninsula and the United Kingdom. Brittany's response to this phenomenon: The launch of our rail motorway between the Basque Country, the United Kingdom and Ireland via the port of Cherbourg. Tons of CO 2 saved The specialist ferry company plans to become a rail operator on a journey of nearly 1,000 km between Bayonne and Cherbourg. We will run one round trip per day for 100 trucks. Hundreds of tonnes of CO 2 saved on each trip, ”says Jean-Marc Roué. The Normandy Region will be a partner in this project which, in the longer term, could also turn to the Mediterranean. “We are talking to the port of Sète (Hérault). Brittany's 2020 year will be marked by the challenges of ecological transition. Rail but also new fuel with the arrival of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The Honfleur , the first LNG ferry, will be put into service this year on the Ouistreham-Portsmouth line. It will be followed by three others until 2022 on the Spanish lines of the company between Portsmouth, Santander and Bilbao.
  6. Dolly Parton has provided the clearest indication of how BF view their fleet bare with me on this one (tongue firmly in cheek) , Dolly recently joined Linkden and posted a layout of photos of herself to suit every type of social media with the tag “get you a woman who can do it all” , BF have kindly joined in on the act. (I will leave it up to you lot to judge)
  7. Unfortunately the breakfast allowance isn't available for promotional fares.
  8. MSM and those funnel accents.
  9. Another point, the Landbridge from Ireland through the UK to Cherbourg even with a hard Brexit would still have been quicker than the Rosslare-Cherbourg sailing... again I'm quoting Glenn Carr, port manager at Rosslare. Stena Horizon's main focus is livestock. Accompanied freight from Spain will increase too which is why the E-flexers have been ordered. Poole- Bilbao maybe ideal for a further conventional ferry route using a Visentini with their limited pax capacity.
  10. If they’re going to take more foot passengers then they need to do something about improving the foot passenger boarding facilities.
  11. I was thinking the same Colin, could this be an end to Poole Bilbao and increased Poole Cherbourg.
  12. Are we focusing too much on the Irish destination (direct from Cherbourg), when the press release talks of linking Spain to UK (and Ireland). We have not touched on how they will carry this increased freight to UK. Barfleur alone? Cotentin return as mooted? Dedicated freighter? The land bridge from UK to Ireland is well used, though the post Brexit formalities, specially if everything goes badly with the FTA end 2020, may add attractiveness to avoiding UK territory.
  13. It presumably allows the trailer-container combination to be carried on a much wider range of vessels than just containers only. Ed.
  14. There might be changes on the way once the E-Flexers replace CF. https://twitter.com/BrittanyFerries/status/1221041219641532416?s=20 Ed
  15. It's not rocket science, is it? There are already freight trains from China to 15 European cities - including to London - with break of railway gauge being carried out along the way. The trains carry containers without the road trailer so I am surprised at the film showing it being done with the trailer hoisted on as well.
  16. The motorway and New Ross bridge are now open and as planned have really transformed road access towards Rosslare from the west, north and south.. The Dublin suburbs are now just 90 minutes away from the Co Wexford port which now can be a quicker and less stressful drive than to attempt to reach the cities own facilities. The tunnel is a nightmare and road quality in many places is poor. It's surprising how many Irish residents are turned off by Dublin port and are welcoming with open arms the road improvements further south. They are hoping to see and willing to support further services and expansion at Rosslare especially as there is planned rail service improvements too... The port is co owned by Irish Rail and Stena. Looking at Rosslare it's easy to see why, the port is man made rather than reliant solely on the natural topography determining it's footprint and harbour depth. There is an established large hardstanding which is in the process of being expanded and a dedicated 4 acre 13 bay customs area is also being constructed in order to remove any congestion. They are also the only port to have an 'at sea' customs system which informs drivers where to go after disembarking. This is app based and gives instruction once vehicle and load details are inputted. It has four Linkspan berths two of which are already capable of accommodating a standard E-Flexer with a confirmed extension planned to serve the 240m variant and they have facilities to serve Neptune's car carriers. Port Manager Glenn Carr maintains that the port only runs at 38% capacity and could easily double harbour movements instantly and Kevin Nolan, owner of Nolan Transport, see's Rosslare as their 1st choice. By Contrast Cork are very much focused on container shipping and unaccompanied freight. If you speak to them regarding their ongoing port plan, ferries don't enter the conversation. I imagine that Roscoff services will continue to sail into Cork with the Spanish sailing moving to Rosslare from 2023 using Santona. I can also see Stena serving Cherbourg with their larger 240m E Flexer. As for Cherbourg, the proposed Bayonne rail link is for multi modal transport rather than the traditional and more common accompanied freight seen on the channel ferries. This new link is part of the multi billion euro Northern Spain improvements to the ports, logistics & road/rail infrastructure discussed in the Gijon thread.
  17. Thanks Chris. That looks efficient and they say it cuts CO2 emissions by 80% so they'll probably get EU funding for any infrastructure work required in Cherbourg. Ed.
  18. The idea is for trailers only Ed - have a look at this youtube clip which you'll understand but as it's in French the rest will struggle. But it's all pretty self explantory, funnily enough I've just been talking to the director of Transports Mesguen who have a huge depot just beyond the Cherbourg terminal. He was saying the railway track needs maintenance but it's generally solid and in good condition, it won't cost a fortune but if it happens it won't be until next year at the earliest. Chris
  19. Interesting announcement from JM Roué yesterday ( as reported by OuestFrance) Multimodal rail link from Bayonne – about an hour's truck drive North of the Spanish border – to Cherbourg Questions, just for a start: how does this affect the Santander / Bilbao ferry route? why is the Southern terminus at Bayonne rather than Irun / Hendaye on the border, which already have major rail infrastructure. (Back in the day that's where the Talgo sleeper wheelsets were changed to account for the different loading gauge - but I'm showing my age!) does it signal a new multimodal route to Ireland via Cherbourg? Interesting.
  20. Given that the Irish gauge is wider than that in France, and which therefore precludes installing rails on the freight deck of an existing ferry, I can only imagine they plan to transport entire tractor-trailer combinations up from Spain on open wagons and then drive them off the train and onto to ship in Cherbourg. Meanwhile the drivers will either be accommodated in a separate carriage or dock workers will load the vehicles directly onto the ferry to be collected by other drivers in Ireland or England. Ed.
  21. I would imagine they could use the same staff Gareth, base them mainly in Rosslare and then bus them to Cork for the saturday arrival/departure of Pont Aven. Of course until we get new schedules then this is all hypothetical but unless someone can come up with a better argument it makes sense to me. I've certainly heard well founded rumours from reliable sources that they have Rosslare in their sights, only time will tell how much they intend to use it. I believe investment in port facilities is at an advanced stage, the motorway/dual carriageway from Dublin (part of the Good Friday agreement) and New Ross bypass are almost complete so road access has never been better, and the local community are desperate for an influx of traffic creating much needed business opportunities. Chris
  22. Yes, indeed. the very ccasional 'test' train does still run.
  23. It’s just unnecessary staffing isn’t it? I tend to agree about two Spanish ports, and nearly mentioned them in my post. But the level of traffic is not quite comparable. BF operates 11 departures per week from Spain. 4 from Cork.
  24. I don't agree Gareth, yes it doesn't appear to make sense to run from 2 Irish ports but in the same vein it doesn't make sense running to 2 Spanish ports either. BF, Irish Ferries and Stena are all very wary of what each are up to and the last thing BF should do is leave Cork. History shows that as a company they rarely take risks and move forward slowly but surely, except when an exceptional opportunity arises like Ouistreham or Bilbao then they'll pounce. I can't see having a presence in Cork and Rosslare being the slightest problem for them; with Le Havre eligible for EU funding I think they should jump at the opportunity, thus limiting the opposition's room for manoeuvre. Chris
  25. Absolutely Paul. It won’t have any bearing on decison-making. Just another indication of the changing character of the company’s product.
  26. That makes a route from Cherbourg to Rosslare using either CF or Normandie an interesting idea. The railway spur from Cherbourg's station to the port is still viable, could be brought back into service and may well be tested from time to time. Ed.
  27. It can depend on the offer, sometimes you get the breakfast allowance sometimes not. I take it you are a full Club Voyage member.
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