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Greentraveller launches online guide to ferry services for foot passengers

Posted by Richard Hammond at 12:10 on Tuesday 31 August 2010

Today we have launched our unique online ferry journey planner with details of over 80 ferry journeys foot passengers can make between the UK, Ireland and continental Europe.

Foot passengers can take advantage of the many public transport routes to and from ferry portsFoot passengers can take advantage of the many public transport routes to and from ferry ports

http://www.greentraveller.co.uk/plan-your-journey includes detailed information on public transport transfers to and from the ports, prices, sample itineraries, as well as direct links to book tickets.

The 80 passenger ferry routes between the UK, Ireland and Europe include:
● Train and Ferry from Manchester to Dublin (from £24 one way), Edinburgh to Belfast (from £29 one way) and London to Dublin (from £27 one way)
● Train and Ferry from National Express East Anglia train stations via Harwich to the Hook of Holland, Netherlands (from £35 one way)
● Ferry from Dover to Calais, Northern France (from £25 one way)
● Ferry from Portsmouth to Santander, Northern Spain (from £47 one way)

Figure 1: Key Ferry Routes between the UK, Ireland and continental Europe

Richard Hammond, Chief Executive and Founder of greentraveller.co.uk, says:

Travelling as a foot passenger on a traditional ferry service is one of the greenest ways to travel between the UK, Ireland and the continent, yet it is often difficult to find information on how public transport links in with the vast network of ferry services at home and overseas.

Our new online ferry journey planner shows how easy it can be to take the train or bus to a ferry port then hop across to Ireland or Continental Europe and continue the journey overland.

We hope that our online guide to ferry services will be the first port of call for foot passengers looking to plan and book their holidays overseas.”

The latest figures provided by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) give the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transport as:

● Foot passenger on a ferry: 22.54g CO2e per passenger kilometre 
● Rail passenger on a Eurostar train: 17.14g CO2e per passenger kilometre
● Air passenger on a domestic flight (between UK airports): 205.15g CO2e per passenger kilometre
● Air passenger on a short haul flight (UK to Central Europe): 116g CO2e per passenger kilometre.

Greentraveller’s guide to foot passenger ferry services is published in conjunction with the Passenger Shipping Association (www.discoverferries.co.uk).

Bill Gibbons, Director of the Passenger Shipping Association and Discover Ferries commented:

We are delighted to be partnering with greentraveller on the launch of the ‘Plan your journey by Ferry’ section of their website. We hope the section inspires and encourages a new generation of travellers to discover the treasures right on our doorstep and further afield, and reminds those who have forgotten, just how accessible and easy ferry travel can be. Not only are ferries reliable, flexible and great value - but you can rest assured that you are doing your bit for the environment. With some great value deals for summer still available, now is the time to forget the hassles of air travel and enjoy a getaway by sea.


The greenhouse gas emissions quoted in this release are from the following source: 2010 Guidelines to Defra / DECC's GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting. Produced by AEA for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) (updated 8 August 2010). CO2e denotes 'Carbon dioxide equivalent', which is a universal unit of measurement used to indicate the global warming potential of one unit of carbon dioxide. It is used to evaluate the releasing of different greenhouse gases against a common basis.

The figure given for foot passenger ferry travel is based on figures for conventional mixed passenger and vehicle ferries (RoPax ‘Roll-on Roll-off ferries’) on UK routes supplied by members of the Passenger Shipping Association and are based on data provided by Best Foot Forward carried out in 2007/8. The calculated figure is based on ferry fuel consumption and passengers transported, but does not include any data for passenger only ferry services (such as passenger only high speed catamaran services), which would be expected to have significantly higher emission factors per passenger kilometre. New emission factors for CH4 and N2O are based on UK Greenhouse Gas Inventory default values for 2008 (AEA, 2010).

The emissions factors for air passengers are intended to be an aggregate representation of the typical emissions per passenger km from illustrative types of aircraft. Actual emissions will vary significantly according to the type of aircraft in use, the load, cabin class, specific conditions of the flight route, etc. The emission factors refer to aviation's direct carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions only. There is currently uncertainty over the other non-CO2 climate change effects of aviation (including water vapour, contrails, NOx etc) which may indicatively be accounted for by applying a multiplier. The appropriate factor to apply is subject to uncertainty but was estimated by the IPCC in 1999 to be in the range 2-4, with current best scientific evidence suggesting a factor of 1.9. If used, this factor would be applied to the emissions factors set out here.

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