Nothing has been heard from Regina Line since the end of September. The operator has been planning to restore the ferry link between the UK and Scandinavia.
Also, the MyFerryLink/Eurotunnel competition case is back in court. Swedish truckers protest after paltry fine for foreign driver found with fake papers. Gothenburgers protest plans to keep congestion charge. A driver was car-jacked on the A5 in Portugal. EU official calls Calais Migrant Crisis ‘not so bad’.
ALL VERY QUIET AT REGINA LINE
A round up of progress on re-establishing the ferry route between the UK and Scandinavia.
It has all gone very quiet at Regina Line.
The start-up ferry operator was intending to launch a new service between Esbjerg and Harwich in Spring 2015, a direct replacement for the DFDS service withdrawn in September.
However, two recent requests for updates have gone unanswered while the company’s Facebook page has not been updated since the end of September.
The obvious inference is that Regina Line has quietly dropped its plans.
If so, it means there is no immediate prospect of a ferry service between the UK and Scandinavia.
As predicted, the Scottish Parliament motion from Angus MacDonald MSP did gain the cross-party support it needs to get a debate in the house – hopefully early next year – but, even if it gets government backing, it will be some time before a Scotland-Scandinavia service gets off the ground.
Meanwhile, we understand there is plenty of activity behind the scenes at Norwegian Seaways – the operator hoping to set up a service between Newcastle, Stavanger and Bergen – but there’s no solid news to report.
On a brighter note, the Ferry to Norway campaign continues to gather support with 2,500 potential passengers filling in the online questionnaire.
Numbers have grown by 200% though the company did not say how many passengers this represents.
roundup: DOVER-CALAIS COMPETITION. The MyFerryLink/Eurotunnel legal battle comes to a head – probably – with a two day hearing at the Competition Appeal Tribunal starting today. Eurotunnel has said it is unlikely to pursue further appeals should the case go against it again. A final decision is not expected for another month. SWEDEN. A Macedonian truck driver let off with a €40 fine after being discovered with fake papers – driving licence and passport – has sparked outrage. Local truck drivers will hold 15 minute stoppages each day until Christmas in protest. More than 4,000 people have signed a petition. Meanwhile, in Gothenburg, around 5,000 people attended a demo on Saturday against council plans to keep the city’s congestion zone despite 57% voting against in a recent referendum. A package of transport improvements is dependent on the revenue. Both stories via Radio Sweden. PORTUGAL. A driver says he was car-jacked on the A5 Cascais-Lisbon on Thursday morning. After being nudged from behind he stopped and was beaten, tied up and bundled back inside before escaping from the moving vehicle says Portugal News. EU. A few days after two migrants burned to death in the back of a truck, a director of the EU’s border agency Frontex tells Euractiv the situation in Calais ‘does not seem so bad’. Gil Arias-Fernandez also says he has not received any requests for help from the French authorities.