Very interesting statistics – despite being published in the Daily Mail.
I think they bring more power to the elbow – the sea ferries are a vital lifeline and should not be descriminated against. For Britain and Ireland´s passengers there is no alternative to sea ferries when air services are disrupted. For their freight traffic there is no alternative full stop. The Chunnel is very useful and necessary but when it comes down to the wire is only an add-on at a particular point of these offshore islands.
The only rail link with Continental Europe, affecting 44% of all traffic (Eurotunnel and Eurostar), which can be cut by accident or design is a very dangerous situation for these islands. All the more the ferries should be protected.