Northern Port to France/Spain? in The Discussion Board Posted August 12 · Report reply As my pen name implies, I am not without knowledge of the Port of Cairnryan or indeed the ferry industry. Sorry to say the introduction of a long route from either the East Coast ( Hull or North of Hull), or the West Coast (North of Holyhead), is rather more of a fantasy than possible reality. Amongst the comments made there are valid reasons, but sadly the economic argument does not stack up. Bearing in mind that there are already 3 routes operating out of South Shields and Hull, there is currently adequate South Coast avoiding capacity available, in particular on the Hull - Zeebrugge service. Of course the Scottish market was given a choice, sadly the travelling public failed to support the route - Roysth to Zeebrugge. Operating costs which need to be carried across all types of traffic would be too high I think. Also the key business is how much freight content is available all year round. Sadly I doubt if a long route from Normandy or Brittany would generate such freight. On the passenger side, yes traffic would be available during July (Scottish Holidays) and August, but significantly, this would drop off during the rest of the year, thus a large reliance on Booze Cruise Passengers would be needed. The success of the long routes to Spain is that they service a single market - the Iberian Peninsula, and save roughly an 11 t0 15 hour drive. Additionally there is the availability of tonnage. To begin with a RO PAx would be the ideal choice, but again Freight demand is questionable. The one light at the end of the tunnel would be Irish Ferries introducing a Land Bridge Package based on Holyhead and Dublin. To make this viable to the average family IF would need to reduce the Holyhead - Dublin leg by say £100.00., or a selling price of around £100 - £120.00, I doubt if .IF. would go that far. Whilst I sympathise with the long tedious drive to the South Coast, especially South of Preston, I like thousands of others are faced with little or no choice when travelling to Spain with my car, or joining a Cruise Ship at Southampton. It's all down to me.