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New ferry links France and Spain

A new ‘motorway’ across the Bay of Biscay opens today as an EU-funded ferry project starts at Nantes

A NEW ferry linking France and Spain launches today as the first Motorway of the Sea, a European Union project to take freight transport off the roads.

Operated by LD Lines, it offers a three-times-a-week service between Nantes/Saint-Nazaire in Brittany and Gijon in Asturias, northern Spain. The crossing takes 14 hours.

A special launch price allows a one-way crossing for a car and two passengers with a cabin at £79.

LD Lines managing director Christophe Santoni said the route provides a “unique landbridge between the UK and Northern Spain”, crossing via its Portsmouth-Le Havre or Newhaven-Dieppe routes and then on to Spain via Nantes/Saint-Nazaire.

Using the Norman Bridge ferry, which formerly served the Boulogne-Dover route; it will carry unaccompanied and accompanied freight vehicles and passengers.

Motorways of the Sea is a project to move traffic from the roads to sea, rail and inland waterways. It gives LD Lines a €30-million subsidy from France and Spain over four years.

The company plans to upgrade the service to a daily ferry, depending on demand.

Photo: LD LInes

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