Rosslare Europort Analysis

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Rosslare Harbour is situated near the south-eastern-most tip of Ireland. Since the early 20th century, Rosslare Harbour has served as a hub of transport activity between Ireland and Wales, largely due to its shipping and railway links. Now known as Rosslare Europort, the harbour has regular links to and from Fishguard and Pembroke in Wales while French links include Roscoff and Cherbourg. Rosslare Europort is the country’s second busiest port for passenger traffic while its freight traffic is the fourth busiest in the country. The port has in the past operated Maffi trailers to consign LoLo containers onto the RoRo ships using the port. The port is also considering the use of adjacent lands to construct a container terminal. In 2015, Rosslare …show more content…
With Brexit, Rosslare should be expanded as Ireland’s closest link to the continent. This requires national integration with adequate road infrastructure focused on connecting Ireland’s manufacturing hubs to improve accessibility. Rosslare’s facilities encourage RoRo and passenger ferry services but there is potential to extend the port and establish a Load-on Load-off (LoLo) presence. The deep sea estuary requires work to deepen the port. Currently, the port is seven metres deep. As a result, Rosslare Europort could apply for future funding under the Connecting Europe Facility programme (C.E.F.). Under the European Commission’s funding under the MoS and TEN-T programmes, Rosslare Europort is eligible for Irish and European support for future …show more content…
The Dublin to Rosslare railway line should be upgraded as a core railway line to promote a more integrated Ireland and Europe. EU Transport Commissioner Bulc stressed in January that ‘rail is now in an appropriate position to underpin jobs and growth, not least by strengthening the EU's internal market … It is crucial we grow the market share rail has in transport overall.’ To strengthen the EU’s single transport area strategy, it is vital that the Dublin to Rosslare railway line is upgraded. Rosslare Europort is rail connected, with passenger train services linking the east coast with the port. Since Rosslare Europort is a port of ‘national significance’, it deserves to be serviced by a railway line of equal importance. TEN-T funding should copper-fasten Ireland’s transport network. Integration is required, particularly since Brexit. At present, Europe lacks integrated transport through Rosslare Europort. The Dublin to Rosslare railway line is incremental to Ireland’s transport network. Instead of exploiting Rosslare Europort’s unrivalled integration, poor integrated timetabling has compounded issues for travellers. Average use of the rail service reflects inadequate scheduling between rail and sail options for passengers. For system interdependence to succeed as an E.U. cross-modal strategy, ferry services and rail links should operate in tandem with one another.

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