Council welcomes new Rosslare / France ferry service
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Councillor Ger Carthy has welcomed the recent announcement of a new six-day per week ferry service between Rosslare Europort and northern France by Danish shipping company DFDS.
Beginning on 2 January, 2021, the new ferry route will operate between Rosslare and Dunkirk with six weekly departures from each port, bringing to 13 the number of direct weekly sailings between Rosslare Europort and the European continent, each way, during peak times of year. The crossing time will be 24 hours and will bring hauliers and other users within three hours of Paris and 20 minutes from the Belgian border.
The new service will offer hauliers and the wider Irish industry sector a new option to replace the UK landbridge, post-Brexit, amid growing fears of delays on the landbridge once customs and other checks come into force in the New Year.
"This new service provides a hugely important freight route option for the many hauliers operating between Ireland and continental Europe and of course it will also be an attractive choice for inbound and outbound tourism once Covid travel restrictions ease” said Councillor Carthy. “It is a very exciting development, not only for Rosslare Europort, but for Wexford and Ireland as a whole, and it has the potential to contribute significantly to the growth of the haulage and tourism sectors in Ireland over the next number of years” he added.
Councillor Carthy pointed out that facilities at Rosslare Europort are to undergo a major upgrade following the recent grant of planning permission to Iarnród Éireann, Port Authority for Rosslare Europort, for a multi-million overhaul of the site. “This investment, which I welcome, coupled with the development of the new N25 Rosslare Europort Access Road and a new Business Park will make Rosslare a highly desirable area for further investment and is sure to bring much needed job opportunities to County Wexford in the coming years” concluded the Cathaoirleach.