chapter  7
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Ferry services and railways

Ferry services Since the nineteenth century tourists have been regularly crossing the English Channel between Britain and France, but the growth of ferry services really escalated in the 1950s with the increase in private car ownership. Routes developed quickly between Scandinavia and Germany, and Britain and the Continent. The 1980s saw increased trade between Britain and Europe and with advancement in technology and a wide range of services, it is estimated that the number of cross-Channel passengers has increased to approximately 90 million each year. Ferry services have come a long way from the original sea crossings and now offer a wide range of routes, sailing schedules, fares, comfort, sleeping accommodation, entertainment and speed and are often advertised as ‘mini cruises’. Travelling by ferry can be an enjoyable part of the holiday, and makes travelling by car ferry attractive.