County ‘interested’ in sea link between Devon and Wales

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A NEW ferry service between Devon and Wales could be back on the cards after County Council said it was interested in hearing more about the idea.

Plans for a ‘Severn Link’ were first drawn up just over a decade ago. Ilfracombe to Swansea was to be the first route, which is expected to take around 50 minutes each way.

However, funding issues meant the project had yet to set sail, despite the service potentially cutting journey times between the two destinations by around three hours.

It was recently reported that Swansea Council was in talks with Devon and Cornwall council officials about reviving plans, with a new hydrogen ferry service linking Wales to the South West.

Rob Stewart (Labour), leader of Swansea Council, said: “It would be a huge boost for tourism and business – to think you could halve your journey time to Devon and Cornwall, and of course , it would also have environmental benefits: taking cars off the road and introducing green-powered ferries.

Councilor Andrea Davis (Conservator, Combe Martin Rural), Cabinet Member of Devon County Council for Climate Change, Environment and Transport, indicated her initial support.

She said: ‘We have not yet seen the details of the proposals but we would like to hear more and we will arrange a meeting with North Devon Council to understand if further support may be required.’

“The principle of restoring the ferry link fits well with Devon’s Carbon Plan and the transition to a zero carbon economy, as well as the County Council’s aspirations for a coordinated approach to transport, including connections outside Devon. and supporting local regeneration in our coastal and market towns.

Last month, Cornwall transport cabinet member Cllr Philip Desmonde said: ‘I am aware of this but don’t know more at this time.

Last year, the Conservative MP for North Devon signaled her support for the crossing.

Speaking in parliament, Selaine Saxby said: “I can see South Wales from my constituency in North Devon and am very keen to secure a ferry crossing from Ilfracombe to popular South Wales. on both sides of the Bristol Channel, with visions ranging from a Dylan Thomas Literary Tour to a boozy Barry cruise.

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