Why can the Rail/Ferry service not be reinstated at the Harbour?
Folkestone’s transport link with France finally ceased operations in 2000. The Folkestone – Boulogne Ferry could not compete with the introduction of Eurotunnel and high capacity ferry crossings from Dover. The termination of Duty Free shopping in June 1999 dealt a further blow to the rail/ferry service. Since then, several attempts to re-instate a ferry service have proven to be uneconomic and unworkable. After many years of inaction it is now time to move on to alternative uses.
However, we plan to incorporate Folkestone Harbour’s transport heritage into the new approach and we are keen to explore ways in which a green corridor can be cultivated to link the seafront with the rest of the town.