Two ferry service providers will start running new direct services from Ireland to France to provide hauliers with enough routes after Brexit, reports The Irish Times.
The decision was made in response to repeated calls by Irish carriers for a means of avoiding the potentially slow journey through England after the UK leaves the single market in 2021.
Currently, both Irish Ferries and Stena Line sail from Ireland on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, with the returning service leaving France the following day.
According to the new plans, the companies will offer their current sailings on alternate weeks instead, as both will switch from a weekly to a fortnightly schedule, according to the NIFerry site.
As a result, there will be a ferry service provided by one of the providers each day of the week. Irish Ferries will continue to sail from Dublin to Cherbourg, while Stena Line will continue to sail from Rosslare to Cherbourg.
Eugene Drennan, President of the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA), declared several times in the past few weeks that the current landbridge route to the European Continent from Ireland cannot now be regarded as the only reliable option for Irish hauliers post-Brexit.
Although travelling by ferry to France takes approximately 18 hours, it allows drivers to use their drivers’ hours wisely and to drive to their destination once they are off the ferry.