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  1. Could Free Port mean reviving Plymouth Airport, or have they built houses on it?
  2. With regard to Brighton Marina, I only remember the foot passenger fast craft to Dieppe. Made a nice day out, especially on Saturdays as it arrived just in time for Dieppe market.
  3. Basically it says mire than 8000 lorries have arrived in Cherbourg in the last month. Ferry arrivals have double plus other ports are gearing up for more traffic. Try cutting & pasting into Google Translate - it's improved quite a bit these days.
  4. Have been following this route for some time. Interesting that the vessel went to N Africa for Christmas & New Year.
  5. Correction. N25 testing station didn't open on time, but maybe Monday. Government and Wexford CC a bit slow, despite knowing France's likely requirements some time ago. Have not seen much feedback from freight drivers about the testing or direct ferry crossings. Anyone else heard anything?
  6. Third test centre for Irish hauliers actually set up on N25 halfway between New Ross and Rosslare. Also lorry drivers in Western Ireland can drive in their cars to Shannon or Cork airports for testing before joining their HGVs
  7. France now demanding negative Covid 19 tests for all freight drivers arriving from Ireland, so today new testing facilities set up at Blue Car Park @ Dublin Airport (for Dublin Port) and Gorey Services on M11 (for Rosslare). The tests are the simple ones with result in the hour. Extra test centre to be set up at Rosslare itself. Wonder if car passengers will go through these later in the year?
  8. You'd be surprised how much Irish fish & fish products are exported to France. We've seen Irish crabs, oysters, even mussels in french supermarkets as far south as Perpignan.
  9. Sometimes the cruise ships do a trip from Weymouth to Southampton. Aurora did this yesterday. Is this to refuel or restock?
  10. Boris, in PMQs this week said that ferry traffic was travelling freely and unfettered on the UK-Belfast routes, as evidence that trade was not being hampered by Brexit. What he didn't say was this increase in traffic was due to hauliers diverting from Dublin routes. The 500% increase in Rosslare traffic is the comparison with Jan 2020. I'm not sure where Gareth got his 5-6 sailings per day previously. All I recall is four sailings a day to Wales and 3 sailings per week to France.
  11. A new access road to the Europort has been designed for sometime plus the last stretch of the M11 (Oilgate to Rosslare) is planned, along with capital expenditure at the port itself. All it needs is Wexford County Council, the Irish Government, and port owners to pull their respective fingers out. It isn't as if there's no local support for all this.
  12. Good to see this route going ahead, but timetable on ie website only shows this coming Monday's departure or is the route destined to be freight only at this stage?
  13. Have Irish Ferries seen the error of their ways having previously said that the landbridge was stiil the way to go? This weekend see WB Yeats and Epsilon on the Dublin-Cherbourg route - does anyone have the lowdown on this U-tiurn? Also watched Boris appearing before parliamentary committee yesterday; he insisted that UK - Ireland/N. Ireland traffic was running smoothly. This is not what We're seeing in the Irish media. Some hauliers also complaining of being bounced off DFDS ferries from France by vital medical supplies.
  14. Stena also cut back sailings on Holyhead - Dublin over this weekend. A total of 12 return sailings on Irish Sea over 5 days. Seems last week they transported just four artics on four sailings. Mostly down to Brexit paperwork and reluctance of hauliers to risk being turned back.
  15. Looks like WB Yeats is off to France again on Friday. A haulier was quoted in the Irish Times earlier in the week that he couldn't get a booking on the Epsilon so looks like IF have responded
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