for the groundworks in fishguard they would have to stop work when the ship came in, and restart when the ship went out, which would impact on the workers hrs and they would have to pay out a lot in overtime to finish the work on time
Was the plan not to close the port for three months, Feb- May and then reopen ?
It does seem strange that Stena got their figures so wrong, for instance budget of 5m, estimates come in at 12m - budget obviously wrong.
However we have now moved from a company wanting to spend 5 mill, and continue operations to now apparently thinking of closing the route, given the Linkspan was built over 30 years ago a 12 million investment gives a new Linkspan is not such a big deal, just extend payback period. the much maligned Rosslare harbour has much newer Linkspan.
Also when all the new vessels arrive in Dublin (E Flexer 1 / IF newbuild MV Georgie Burgess paired with Adventurer and Ulysses respectively) congestion on the M50 is going to be very heavy as 6/7 Kms of freight arrive in Dublin every time the two Ferries arrive, for anyone in the greater m50 area it is already a glorified car park, that is going to get much worse.
It is also incredible that just as New Ross bypass and Motorway extension to Wexford are nearing completion for 2019 making Rosslare more accessible than ever, the leading ferry companies are about to consolidate operations to Dublin.
Maybe Welsh government will make up the difference in a development grant and keep Fishguard open and in business for the future.