FERRIES & CRUISE
The Value Of International Passenger Connectivity To The North Of England
MDS Transmodal has been appointed by Transport for the North (TfN), in partnership with York Aviation and Regeneris Consulting, to carry out a review of international passenger connectivity in the North of England. MDST is focusing on the connectivity of the North of England by passenger ferry, the contribution of cruise tourism to the North’s economy and analysing air freight.
As well as passenger aviation which will be addressed by York Aviation, the study is considering the baseline economic value of connectivity for ferry passengers, given that about 2 million passengers were transported by ferry between northern ports and the continental mainland and the Republic of Ireland in 2014. MDST, working with Regeneris, will also be covering the cruise sector in the North of England, which handled 113,000 passengers and 108 ship calls in 2014. The consultancy team will also be analysing the air freight market at the North’s airports, which handled almost 100,000 tonnes of high value freight in 2014. In consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, the study will be examining the potential public sector interventions that could enhance the North connectivity’s in the future. The final report will be submitted to the client in summer 2016.