adjourned the House without Question put, pursuant to the Standing Order. | Report other issues | © UK Parliament. Steven also looks after all of the technical aspects of the website. In just few steps you can get all the info you need, including the ferry routes, the timetables, the prices and the travel times for the crossings to England from Belfast.. It looked at the possibility of rationalising the Heysham—Belfast and the Stranraer—Larne services so that the two routes could be covered by three multi-purpose ships. For this reason, Parliament decided in the 1962 and 1968 Transport Acts that the Government should be given very few controls over the way in which British Rail operates its shipping services, and that these services should be operated within the general commercial remit of the board to cover its costs taking one year with another. There is no direct connection from Heysham Port to Belfast. No, there is no direct ferry from Heysham to Belfast. Heysham already has strong connections with both the island of Ireland and The Isle of Man. Since the withdrawal of the passenger ferry service to Belfast and the associated trains we only saw one train a week at Heysham and that was a freight train on a Monday morning. Northern Ireland and England—indeed, the only link. It is true that the vessels remain in the dock for about 14 hours, but that is because the wrong type of vessels are in use. Member for Belfast, South (Mr. Bradford) for having raised this important subject on the Adjournment, and the hon. BELFAST Harbour is planning a full refurbishment of its Victoria Terminal one roll-on roll-off ferry berth this summer, from which Stena Line operates its Belfast to Heysham freight service. At one time British Rail considered axing the Larne-Stranraer route, which has been viable for many years and even now is holding its own. If the hon. , as she would appear with the new British Rail (but before the creation of Sealink) livery, after 1965. taken in February 2004 at Llanerch-y-Mor. In view of the fact that the management of the Railways Board on the shipping side has failed, should not we have a special shipping board with powers to operate and develop the ports which are facing a crisis at the present time? It is ludicrous to argue that the Belfast-Heysham route Will the Minister show appreciation and gratitude by keeping this route open? The company had relocated its Stranraer operation during 2008 from Albert Quay to the brand-new VT4, right on the outer edge of Belfast Harbour and closer to the mouth of Belfast Lough. is not a viable proposition. The plan was for an enclosed dock accessed through a lock, this idea made no further progress. My hon. They concluded that in the circumstances which they could reasonably foresee there was not any likelihood of such an increase being achieved. It is interesting to note that today British Rail stated its intention to provide the Dun Laoghaire route with three new vessels. If these submissions are inaccurate, I invite the Government to disprove them. 1959 It is now time to take the initiative; to look at the At the moment the motion contains only one signature, but I understand that by next week quite a number of signatures will have been added to it. While this plan showed substantial economies by the elimination of one ship, these would have been more than offset by losses of revenue because of the unattractive timings of services which The express parcels service ceased using the Heysham-Belfast service, and its custom was transferred to the Stranraer-Larne service in October 1973. It is a question of proper management. It is sufficient to say that the decision was taken as a matter of commercial judgment in the light of the best information and advice available and in accordance with the guidelines the Government had then laid down. was withdrawn in 1975 and sold directly for breaking at Faslane. First, it considered operating the service with one ship. The lack of communication leaves one with many unhappy thoughts and suspicions. This is the psychologically wrong moment to remove a link between As such, whilst they represented the ultimate evolution of the type, they were also hampered by being fairly speedily outmoded. At 2nd roundabout take A683 to Heysham which is 3.5 miles away. As a member of the Labour Party and with an interest in railways, harbours and shipping, I believe that one thing we require more than anything is to provide the nation with a comprehensive transport policy. Member for Belfast, South, save to 1960 I can appreciate that in 1968 there may have been financial reasons for this decision. Heysham to Belfast Freight Ferries. During the war, Louth (2) had run on the LMS railway route between Heysham and Belfast. That is strange action for a Government who claim to encourage nationalisation. In 1968, the year when the decision was taken, there were about one million visitors. The hon. Seatruck was established in 1996 to meet the Irish Sea transportation needs of the haulage industry. We offer a dedicated freight service with excellent en-suite cabin accommodation for 12 drivers. Heysham Ferry Port The quiet seafront settlement of Heysham, found in the north-west county of Lancashire in England, is a picturesque gateway to the Isle of Man. Finally, the board considered building two new multi-purpose ships capable of carrying lorries on the Heysham-Belfast route. The express parcels service ceased using the Heysham-Belfast service, and its custom was transferred to the Stranraer-Larne service in October 1973. Our terminal in Belfast has great access to the motorway network in Northern Ireland. This means that the whole basis of the market for which the service had been planned had disappeared. I appeal to my hon. Seatruck was established in 1996 to meet the Irish Sea transportation needs of the haulage industry. I shall not deal with the allegations of corruption that have been raised by the hon. Gentleman has said that this route is not flourishing because of the unfortunate episodes in Northern Ireland. Heysham lies in my constituency. There is always the problem of deciding priorities. Heysham is currently home to several ferry routes, the vehicle and passenger service to Douglas operated by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, the Stena Line Ro-Ro freight ferry to Belfast and the Seatruck Ro-Ro freight services to Dublin and Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland. As it is only for a short time that those episodes are likely to continue, would it not be the simplest matter to bring in a brief Bill to enable money to be put into the route—for example, for two years—until the crisis is over? The hon. British Railways were clearly reluctant—. You can also catch ferries to Douglas on the Isle of Man from Heysham. Lady should realise the extent of the losses. The union and the staff involved in the Heysham link requested the use of that vessel, but the request was denied. She was subsequently sold to a company called Empirewise of Liverpool who intended her to be used as a static ship at Llanerch-y-Mor, not far from the port of Mostyn in North Wales. There are fears that high-ranking members of that committee may have vested interests in a Liverpool stevedoring company. That is staggering. I regret the fact that Adjournment debates are so short. The Belfast – Heysham route is a freight only operation which carries a maximum of 12 freight drivers. Complete history of Antrim It has been said that it should have invested in new, multi-purpose vessels, capable of carrying goods vehicles in much higher numbers as well as cars and passengers. : Using our timetable search, compare Heysham Belfast freight ferry crossings and … § It was a matter of the Railways Board's commercial judgment of how much traffic the service was likely to carry, taking into account the other services. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 30m. Belfast to Heysham ferry service Belfast is Ireland's largest ferry port handling over 2 million passengers annually. This country has a great potential for the building of a really first-class transport system and unless we take proper action the only alternative as has happened under successive Governments, will be to close down any service that fails financially. The nationalised dock at Heysham is capable of receiving that container traffic, and manpower is available to run the service, but the operation is being transferred to a completely new route. Heysham Ferry Port The quiet seafront settlement of Heysham, found in the north-west county of Lancashire in England, is a picturesque gateway to the Isle of Man. Gentleman aware that the level of unemployment in Lancaster and Morecambe is nearly double the national average at 5.8 per cent., and that the loss of 300 jobs would be a total disaster to our part of the world? The kingdom of Man is a mystical island located at the geographical centre of the British Isles in the middle of the Irish Sea. Lovely people, spacious stylish bedrooms and excellent breakfasts. The estimates showed that because of the commercial unattractiveness of such a service, which would operate only on alternate days, the loss of revenue would be greater than the saving achieved. The lift-on, lift-off service was largely conceded to private enterprise. I was not talking about the shortage of money. Stranraer to Douglas • Heysham to Douglas • Liverpool to Douglas • Birkenhead to Douglas • Belfast to Douglas • Dublin to Douglas Other Areas Irish Sea • Inner Hebrides • Western Isles • Shetland • Orkney • North Sea • English Channel • Solent • Inland Crossings • Other Island Crossings She remained employed as back-up on this route, latterly to the new. The Heysham-Belfast service was a two-vessel operation in practice (apart from the very peak season when some daylight and double nightly crossings were made), so the 'Lancaster' could be spared when her cruising itineraries dictated. These examples are surely concrete evidence that there has been a deliberate run down of the service over a considerable period. HEYSHAM HARBOUR. Yet management makes no effort to provide the proper vessels to run this important roll-on, roll-off service. It is in open and unregulated competition with not merely British shipping companies but also with any other shipping services which wish to join in the business. From there we can then do something about harbours, shipping, roads, railways and waterways in general. British Rail closed the service which used to operate from Southampton, and that service is now being worked successfully by private enterprise. vice, the background against which we took the decisions, and the reasons for the decisions which were taken. Those events completely changed the tourist market for Northern Ireland, with a result that the financial situation of the service has never been anywhere near the original forecasts. was the first to be converted, entering the shipyard in early January 1970, returning on 25 April. 's cruises ceased and she was devoted full-time to her ferry duties. . The usage of the shipping services is a matter about which I could go on at length. In fact, the only powers which the Act gives the Minister over shipping services is to direct in what form notices of withdrawal should be given. As we all know, this growth of people going to new places for their holidays was accompanied by an equal growth in the number of families with cars. In addi I am very keen on railways and I cannot believe that railwaymen of whatever level deliberately tried to close down—[Interruption.] However, the vehicle through which this is possible is now being removed by British Rail—or is being left to somebody else who may want to take the chance of taking on this so-called non-viable route. Friend is quite right and I shall return to that point. I know that she has had correspondence on this subject with my right hon. 1955 The hon. Fleetwood Ferry Port and passenger terminal is owned and operated by ABP. A properly-designed vessel has been available for this route since the spring of 1974. I hope to be able to explain a little more fully the obligations of the Railways Board's shipping services and the difference between them, and the way that the economics and bookkeeping of the services operate against the railway itself as we know it. Address. It’s a whopping 66 miles from Heysham to the Isle of Man, that’s around three times further than England’s closest point to France. It has about £60 million now available because the Channel Tunnel project has been scrapped. tion, there is a general power to give directions to the board about any of their services if the Central Transport Consultative Committee so recommends. Gentleman cares to get in touch with me I shall be delighted to discuss the matter further. Having exhausted all the possibilities of alternative types of service, British Railways were forced to the conclusion that heavy losses were unavoidable without a substantial recovery in traffic, and they arrived at the broad estimate that an overall increase in current traffic of approximately 80 per cent. The proper roll-on, roll-off vessels for container traffic were denied to the Heysham link. The tourist traffic could have generated business only for, at the most, three months of the year. 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