Newhaven Ferry future secured with government freight contract

Maria Caulfield MP has welcomed news that the future of Newhaven to Dieppe ferry has been secured as the government announced Newhaven as one of eight ports to secure a government freight contract.

The Government have announced that Newhaven Ferry will be part of a £77.6 million national contract to increase the country’s import and export capacity as we approach the end of the Brexit transition period.

The contracts with Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O and Stena, collectively worth £77.6 million, will focus on nine routes serving eight ports in areas less likely to experience disruption. These include Felixstowe, Harwich, Hull, Newhaven, Poole, Portsmouth, Teesport and Tilbury. 

Maria Caulfield MP said “This is great news for Newhaven and secures the future of the ferry. It will potentially bring more jobs to the port and will have a huge economic impact on the rest of the town. I am pleased that the government have listened to me and seen the potential in Newhaven.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said “As the transition period comes to an end, we are putting the necessary measures in place to safeguard the smooth and successful flow of freight.”

“Securing these contracts ensures that irrespective of the outcome of the negotiations, lifesaving medical supplies and other critical goods can continue to enter the UK from the moment we leave the EU.”