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Med cruise boost for Mostyn Docks
Mostyn Docks
The port used to be home to a ferry company
A holiday company is to begin cruising out of a Flintshire port which welcomed passengers for Irish Sea crossings until two years ago.

Gloucester firm Travelscope said it was planning Mediterranean cruises from Mostyn Docks later this year.

The company said it was impressed by facilities like free passenger parking at the port, which underwent a 17m refurbishment in 2001.

Both the port and a local councillor have welcomed the new business.

The travel firm said three cruises would leave from Mostyn Docks in August, September and November this year.

The first two will head for the Mediterranean while the November departure will be a "turkey and tinsel" mini-cruise up to Loch Lomond in Scotland.

This is the first step... we've never done cruises from Mostyn before
Jim O'Toole, Port of Mostyn

The company, which specialises in regional departures for its cruises, used to sail out of Liverpool. A spokesman said it wanted to switch to the north Wales port because it was impressed by the facilities.

In March 2004 P&O ended services out of the port after axing its Irish Seas crossings. It had originally switched to Mostyn Docks from Liverpool after a new passenger terminal was opened in the 2001 refit.

The docks still provide cargo services and is also the departure point for wings from the Airbus factory at Broughton travelling for assembly in Toulouse, France.

Last August a compromise agreement allowing dredging in the Dee estuary was reached allowing the giant A380 wings to be transported out of the port, despite claims this would affect wildlife in the protected habitat.

Port of Mostyn managing director Jim O'Toole said he was "delighted" to have secured the new business, which he described as a "tentative step".

A380 Airbus
Wings for the A380 Airbus are already transported from the port

Mr O'Toole said Mostyn was ideally placed for passengers to embark on cruises.

But he said: "This is the first step... we've never done cruises from Mostyn before".

Flintshire councillor Patrick Heesom said: "This is a further demonstration of the potential of the port and I wish it every success.

Mr Heesom said that now that some limited dredging was being allowed on the estuary, he had high hopes for the future and looked forward to the day when even passenger ferries may return to the docks.

The completion of a new dual carriageway on the A548 would provide even better transport links to the area, he added.




SEE ALSO:
Docks dredging compromise reached
17 Aug 05 |  North East Wales
Mostyn dock wins P&O contract
06 Nov 01 |  Wales
Morgan opens revamped docks
08 Feb 02 |  Wales
Wings to go by land and sea
06 Feb 02 |  Wales
Jobs go as Dublin ferry axed
27 May 03 |  North East Wales


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