Watch: Devon Tory MP calls for ‘Barry booze cruise’ ferry from England to Wales
A Devon Conservative MP has said that she wants a “Barry booze cruise” ferry that will take tourists from the south-west of England to Wales.
Speaking in the House of Commons, North Devon MP Selaine Saxby said that the ferry could link Ilfracombe to Barry, Swansea and other parts of Wales.
Welsh Secretary Simon Hart said that he would be “very happy” to meet with her to discuss the proposal.
“I can see South Wales from my North Devon constituency and I’m very keen to secure a ferry crossing from Ilfracombe to South Wales, popular on both sides of the Bristol Channel, with visions ranging from a Dylan Thomas literary tour, through to a Barry booze cruise,” she said.
Today in the Chamber I asked the Welsh Secretary of State, @Simonhartmp, about progressing plans for a ferry crossing from Ilfracombe to South Wales. 🇬🇧⛴️🏴
— Selaine Saxby MP (@SelaineSaxby) November 17, 2021
Simon Hart added that there used to be a ferry from Tenby to North Devon “back in the old days and I’m very happy to see it”.
“I have to say that until the Welsh Government honours its 2016 manifesto commitment to improve the M4, the quickest way of us visiting each other will be a 30-year-old ferry chugging across the Bristol Channel,” he added.