Feb 7, 2019

Budget cuts threaten Brexit ferry plan

The cuts would mean it would not be possible to run a roll-on roll-off ferry service between Ramsgate and Ostend if there was a hard Brexit. The DfT said it was continuing to talk to Thanet Council about plans to re-establish ferry services. The contract with Seaborne to run the service is controversial because it has no ships and has never run a ferry service before. Ramsgate last ran a regular ferry service to and from the Continent in 2013. At the moment the port is mainly being used to support off-shore wind turbines and import cars, but reopening Ramsgate as a major ferry port has been controversial with many residents saying they are concerned about the increase in traffic that it would involve.

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