Murdo calls for Fife economy support following Rosyth to Zeebrugge Axe

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Murdo Fraser, has expressed his disappointment at the closure of the Rosyth-Zeebrugge Ferry Service and has urged the First Minister to explore all available options to reinstate this important link.

During First Minister Questions in the Scottish Parliament, Murdo Fraser MSP, raised the importance of the Ferry Service to the local economy in Fife and the wider economy of the region as a whole. He asked the First Minister what talks had taken place between the Government and the Ferry Service provider DFDS.

On Monday DFDS announced its intention to close the route following the outbreak of a Fire on one its ships. The service, which had been operating since 2002, had been an important freight route between Scotland and Europe.

In response, the First Minister described the decision as “disappointing and regrettable” and said that there was a “determination to see a service run again.”

Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said;

“I was disappointed to learn of DFDS’ decision to axe the Rosyth-Zeebrugge ferry route as this is a blow to not just the local Fife economy but the wider Scottish economy.

“When the passenger route was axed in 2010, we were assured that the freight service would continue but here we are facing another cut. I would hope that the Scottish Government makes a concerted effort to find a new operator for the route should they fail to convince DFDS to reverse their decision.

“I welcome the First Minister’s commitment today as it is vital that businesses have convenient access to freight routes to European markets.”

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