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THIS SERVICED HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN

ALTERNATIVE FERRY SERVICES FROM ENGLAND WALES AND SCOTLAND TO NORTHERN IRELAND AND THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

DFDS has announced the closure of the Liverpool/Birkenhead to Dublin and the Liverpool to Belfast ferry crossing from the end of January 2011.

DFDS Seaways recently merged with NorfolkLine. NorfolkLine has been running ferry services across the Irish Sea and between Dover and Dunkirk, whereas

DFDS operated in the North Sea and the Baltic. The merger made sense in bringing to the NorfolkLine operations the strength of DFDS Seaways, part of one of the largest shipping groups in Europe, with unrivalled experience of both general shipping and ferry operations. For the time being the Irish ferry crossings will operate under the DFDS NorfolkLine banner.

OTHER DFDS AND NORFOLK LINE FERRY ROUTES:
DFDS Ferries Copenhagen Oslo - DFDS Ferries Harwich Esbjerg - DFDS Ferries Newcastle Amsterdam - DFDS Norfolk Line Dover Dunkirk

The ferry services from Liverpool will continue to serve Belfast in Northern Ireland. Liverpool is well-placed as it is easy to access from the M62 motorway, itself connected to the rest of the UK motorway network. Using the Liverpool Belfast ferry avoids the need to travel to Larne, and, given the high cost of fuel, the savings on driving costs make the Liverpool Belfast ferry crossing very cost effective.

In fact the ferries for Belfast depart from Birkenhead rather than Liverpool. Birkenhead is across the Mersey from Liverpool and is accessed through the Kingsway Tunnel. There are two ferries every day from Liverpool to Belfast, one during the daytime and one overnight. The Liverpool Belfast crossing takes about 8 hours..

A further benefit of the merger of NorfolkLine and DFDS Seways is that there is now a greater choice of the so-called "landbridge" crossings between Ireland and Europe. Travellers can now combine the previous NorfolkLine Irish Sea ferry routes with the existing DFDS ferries between the UK and Scandinavia and Holland.

So it's simply an easy drive across England to reach Newcastle and embark to Amsterdam, or head across to Harwich for Esbjerg, both crossings now accessible with the same company in addition to the Dover Dunkirk ferries.