Re: Ferry to Netherlands or Belgium
Posted by Allan Campbell on December 23, 2020, 8:51 pm, in reply to "Re: Imagine if the tables were turned"
Norman. We have used nearly all the routes to the continent over the years. |
Ferries from Newcastle and Hull are a 12 hour trip near enough.
Dover to Calais about 1.5 hours plus load and unload time
Dover to Dunkirk about 30 mins more or was. I
Other ports on south coast only used Newhaven once and Portsmouth once to go to Spain.
Channel Tunnel over 6 times. 35 min crossing time say about 2 hours stop to start. You do not get out of your car unless to stretch your legs. We love it.
Our preferred route is 1) Hull to Zeebrugge or 2) Channel Tunnel.
Which of those we use often depends of where bound. If itís the South of France its either. However if we are travellig with our friends itís the Tunnel, as one of them will not go the ferry.
For the Transport people the additional cost over DoverCalais route is high and you have a driver to pay for 12 hours standing time.
We notice that the Dover route is traffic from Spain, Portugal and lower France plus Italy with other thrown in.
Transport from Germany sometimes use Northern routes but their destination finalises it, Northern England etc.
They will always be going for the lowest cost route taking into account driving time, fuel cost and wear and tear plus crossing cost.
To avoid France ports you need to open up Harwich and the lower east coast ports crossing to Belgium and Holland. This would involve improving the road network to Harwich.
For all this to happen we the public would have to accept high food costs etc.
Having crossed from both Newcastle and Hull I think they sail at 19.00 and arrive to unload at 08.30. The ships always seem to me to be going Slow, but I am in Kip on the trip.
I have no idea if the ship can do two crossings in a day maybe they can but there is not enough traffic to justify it.
However the UK must do something to try to avoid the constant problems if France be it road transport or air traffic
What may well happen if the UK tries to do that you could end up with the French really ď acting upĒ