Brittany Ferries and Ports de Normandie Launch Ambitious Rail Project

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Brittany Ferries is going to become a rail operator too. The idea is to launch a freight train connecting Bayonne, close to the Spanish border, and Cherbourg. From there on, freight can be transferred to ferries, bound for Ireland or the UK.

Brittany Ferries has several strategic reasons:

  • Enhancing productivity by reducing the number of semi-tractors, creating more space for the trailer and thus augmenting the percentage of non-accompanied freight.
  • Anticipating emission regulations by offering a service with a better environmental performance.
  • Consolidation of its market position on the long routes to Spain and the British Isles.

Ports de Normandie has an ambitious strategy too:

  • Making the ports ready for larger ferries
  • Increasing its hinterland.
  • Giving logistic answers to Brexit
  • Creating multimodal services, as an alternative for or complimentary to road tarnsport
  • Helping to make transport greener.

Brittany Ferries will finance the new rail terminal in Bayonne and a fleet of LOHR railway wagons. The LOHR railway wagon has been lowered and articulated and as a result allows for fast and safe transfer of semitrailers.


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Ports de Normandie: Brexit Already Has An Impact On The Cross-Channel Ferry Traffic

Ports de Normandie is the organisation that groups the French ports of Cherbourg, Caen-Ouistreham and Dieppe.

Although Brexit did not happen (yet), the first five months of the year saw a freight increase of 6.5%, due to the constitution of stocks in the UK and some industrial actions by customs in the ports of Calais and Dunkerque.

Passenger traffic has seen an increase of 0.9% for the ferry lines to the UK, and 5.7% to Ireland. In spite of the small increase of 0.9%, it must be said that May was not a good month for passenger traffic from the UK. It seems obvious that Brexit has caused uncertainty.

Ireland traffic is much better. Especially the arrival of W.B. YEATS (in March on Dublin-Cherbourg) has boosted the passenger and cargo flows considerably, especially in May. Freight progressed with 12% over the first five months.

Each year some 1.7 million pax, some 500,000 cars and some 160,000 freight units get across the Channel via one of the three Ports of Normandie.


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The Ports Of Caen-Ouistreham, Cherbourg And Dieppe Merge Into Ports De Normandie

Three French ferry ports based in Normandie have decided to join forces.

In fact, Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg were already united in ‘Ports Normands Associés’ (PNA).

Dieppe was added to these two ports, to create ‘Ports de Normandie’.

Chairman is Hervé Morin, former chairman of PNA.

MD is Philippe Deiss, also former MD of PNA.

Together, the three ports have six ro-ro berths, and see some 200,000 freight units per year, ferried across by DFDS (Transmanche Ferries), Brittany Ferries and Irish Ferries.