No news is not bad news for Norwegian Seaways’ proposed UK-Norway ferry link.
Also, a photo competition from DFDS. A first look at Jaguar’s new compact sports saloon. Eurotunnel says it carries an overwhelming majority of pets taken to the Continent, trucks will be barred from the A35 Basel border over the weekend, the EU selects the major transport projects for funding this year, Bulgarian truckers threaten to blockade Sofia, and a boy was stung by a scorpion on a Norway-bound ferry.
GIBRALTAR FRONTIER WATCH: up to 60mins delay at midnight, estimated 45mins at 13:40CET, up to 60mins since.
NORWEGIAN SEAWAYS: NO NEWS IS NOT BAD NEWS
Hopes still alive for UK-Scandinavia ferry link.
Nine months after it was first published, our story on the proposed Norwegian Seaways ferry route between Newcastle and Norway continues to be one of our most read and commented on.
That might have a lot to do with DFDS withdrawing from the Harwich-Esbjerg route – the last remaining ferry link between the UK and Scandinavia – at the end of September.
Coach operators, hauliers, tour organisers, private drivers and expats are all keen – desperate in some cases – to see a route return.
With no news recently, the concern was that the idea had been quietly forgotten. However, while there is still nothing specific to report we can at least tell you that the route is still on the cards.
A short message from Norwegians seaways operations director Paul Woodbury last night confirmed that the project ‘remains active’, and that when there is something to say we will be among the first to know.
In the meantime, our message to you is that if you want to see this route return, keep the comments coming. By definition, the more the merrier. Not just to encourage Norwegian Seaways but to help convince all the other agencies involved that this route is viable.
Fingers crossed, the next time Norwegian Seaways gets a mention on @DriveEurope it will be with the good news we have all been waiting for.
Thanks for the comments everybody: keep them coming. If you weren’t aware, Regina Line says it will start a new service Harwich-Esbjerg (Denmark) at Easter 2015. See more.
UPDATE: a new group campaigning for the restoration of the Norway ferry launches on Thursday 16 October at FerryToNorway.com.
roundup: EUROTUNNEL says it has carried 88% of all pets transported under the UK Pet Passport Scheme so far this year. Pets travel inside owner’s cars. Meanwhile, last week’s great school getaway saw a record week for the fixed link operator – 49,500 cars, campers, motorbikes and coaches used the service, up 3% on the same time in 2013. FRANCE-SWITZERLAND. The Swiss border from the A35 autoroute near Basel will be closed to trucks from 31.7-4.8, 22:00-05:00 for the Swiss national day celebrations reports @TrackerinfoEU, see more here. EUROPE. €14m to upgrade the link between Dover and Calais, €15m for studies on a new Storstrom bridge in Denmark – on the E55/E47 Copenhagen-Rodby ferry route – and €10m towards pollution-abatement tech on cross-Channel ferries ahead of next year’s new low sulphur regulations. All among the winners in this year’s round of EU TEN-T funding announced today, for improvements to the strategic transport networks around Europe. More on this soon. LUXEMBOURG. An attempted car-jacking at a rural junction in southern Luxembourg last night. The driver escaped after injuring one of the attackers. BULGARIA. Truckers are threatening to block all exits from capital Sofia on Friday unless new restrictions on the movement of 12t+ vehicles – Friday 6-9pm and Sunday 2-8pm – are cancelled. NORWAY. A boy says he was stung by a scorpion on the Fjord Line Hirtshals-Kristiansand, Denmark-Norway ferry last night. His claim was apparently backed up by several witnesses. The boat briefly returned to harbour. No major injuries were reported.