Severn Link in the News

Severn Link is in the news! Severn link is being talked about on television, on radio, in newspapers and online. Just some of our extensive coverage:

Television Coverage Radio Coverage
BBC 1 Wales BBC Radio 2 (Terry Wogan)
ITV1 Wales News BBC Radio Somerset
ITV1 The West Country Today BBC Radio Wales
BBC South West BBC Radio Devon
ITV1 Wales Tonight BBC Radio Cornwall
ITV1 The West Country Tonight Heart Radio
  Swansea Sound
  Isle of Wight Radio – Breakfast Show
  BBC Radio Cymru

With many more websites and newspapers featuring articles about Severn Link, there are too many to list! Here is just a sampling of what has been written about Severn Link.

Source: ITV1, The West Country Tonight

Date: 19th May, 2010

Title: Exmoor School wins Severn Link ‘Name the Ferry’ Competition

Severn Link is on the news again! ITV1 West Country Tonight announces the South West winners of the Severn Link ferry naming competition, Parracombe School in Exmoor.

ITV1 West Country Tonight featured a broadcast from the school and commented, ‘Students at the school suggested the name, ‘Rapparee’, which is a cove in North Devon, as the name for one of two new Severn Link ferries. The service is due to begin in the next few weeks, and will run all year round.’

Date: 29 October 2009
Title: Spring launch for new fast ferry
‘A ferry service connecting south Wales and Devon is set to launch at Easter,’ announced the BBC News Online (Wales). ‘New operator Severn Link said it will run all year round taking around 50 minutes to complete the crossing...Swansea council leader Chris Holley said: “This is terrific news...A fast-cat service from Swansea to Ilfracombe would be a boost for the city’s tourism economy and would allow Swansea people easier access to Devon and the south west of England.”’

Date: 8 November 2009
Title: Travel Section: Ask Frank Barrett
A Mail on Sunday reader asked about plans to implement a ferry service between South Wales and Devon. Frank Barrett replied: ‘The Severn Link service is a bold new step to reconnect the communities, heritage and history of two areas which, despite lying within sight of each other, have never before had the opportunity within modern times to take advantage of their neighbouring status.’

Date: 4 November 2009
Title: Ferry service delight
‘...a huge response from both sides of the Bristol Channel...’ states the North Devon Gazette. ‘The news has been met with delight from all quarters: Ilfracombe Mayor, Councillor Philip Webb said the new ferry was “probably the biggest thing that has happened here for many a decade.”

Date: 29 October 2009
Title: All aboard the ‘Flying Cat’ for fast Devon link
‘It is anticipated the 34-knot “Flying Cat” service will bring hundreds of new jobs and millions of pounds of fresh spending to South Wales,’ Robin Turner writes in the South Wales Echo. ‘A total of 50 full-time jobs are being created initially by Severn Link...but the company expects more jobs to follow and also predicts that hundreds of jobs will be created in tourism.’

Date: 29 October 2009
Title: Cross-channel ferry service boost for West
David Wilcock of the Western Morning News writes: ‘Devon and Wales are to be linked by a ferry service for the first time in modern history in a move that could provide a huge boost to the South West tourism industry...The news has also been welcomed in Cornwall. Penny Woodman, the interim head of VisitCornwall, said: “Wales is already a key market for Cornwall, with 5 per cent of the five million people that holiday in Cornwall each year living there. By reducing travelling time, it is hoped that this new service will draw even more Welsh visitors.”’

Date: 30 October 2009
Title: Business hails Swansea’s fastcat ferry link
‘The first-ever fastcat ferry link between Swansea and Devon is being welcomed by Swansea Council and business leaders in the city,’ the website announced. Council Leader Chris Holley stated: ‘ “The service would also introduce many visitors from the Devon area to Swansea Bay for the very first time where I’m sure attractions such as Gower would make a hugely positive impression and would encourage people to return.”’

Source: NORTH DEVON JOURNAL (Barnstable)
Date: 12 November 2009
Title: Get behind ferry link
‘What wonderful news for Ilfracombe and North Devon - a big thank you to the team led by the very able and experienced Chris Marrow who has worked tirelessly on both sides of the Bristol Channel,’ enthused Alan Kift of Ilfracombe writing to the North Devon Journal. ‘To have a seasonal ferry would be good. To have an all year round ferry is fantastic.’

Date: 2 November 2009
Title: Ilfracombe-Swansea ferry link next year
Phil Hill writes on ‘By travelling via Severn Link ferry, travel times and environmental impact will be drastically cut – with its swift 34-knot, 360-passenger catamarans taking just 50 minutes to complete a journey which would take around 3.5 hours by road.’

Date: 5 November 2009
‘Swansea is bracing itself for a tourist bonanza thanks to a new high-speed ferry service linking the city with the South West of England’, announced the Swansea Herald of Wales. ‘Thousands of visitors are expected to make the trip every month from Ilfracombe to Swansea on two FlyingCat ferries, which will zoom across the Bristol Channel next spring... Business leaders on both sides of the channel hope the new service will deliver a much needed shot in the arm.’

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