After returning to stopovers for cruise ships a few years ago, the port of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin continues to develop: its terminal was preferred to those of Le Havre and Ouistreham for the piggyback project intended to link the Ireland and England to Spain and Portugal.
The file accelerated at the end of March: Brittany Ferries, after hesitation linked to the slowdown in traffic following the Covid crisis, gave its “go” to the use of the port of Cherbourg.
Philippe Deiss, Managing Director of Ports de Normandie, justifies this choice by the existing infrastructures:
“The Cherbourg terminal is easily connected to the railway, while the cost of the works for Ouistreham, whose terminal is located on the wrong side of the canal, would have been too expensive.
I will remain vigilant on the schedules of the passages of the convoys so that they are well outside the traffic peaks of the city.
Finally, by removing all these trucks from the road, this dossier is also an environmental response to the country
Benoît Arrivé, mayor (PS) of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin.
From Cherbourg, and unlike Le Havre, the rail route of future convoys avoids Paris where traffic is very congested.
Another point raised by Philippe Deiss:
“The connections already…
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