SNP Duo in Top Level Meeting With Forth Ports on Rosyth-Zeebrugge

18 July 2008
Alyn Smith MEP and Councillor Douglas Chapman have today met with Alan Burns the Director of Scottish Ports for Forth Ports and Maurice McGuinness the Port Manager at Rosyth, to discuss the future of the Rosyth-Zeebrugge ferry service.

Mr Smith and Councillor Chapman have been actively working to save the service since the announcement it was to be discontinued. The SNP duo has been working closely with the Scottish Government and made representations to the Flemish Government, Visit Scotland and the European Commissioner for Transport Antonio Tajani.

Mr Smith said:

“Talks with Forth Ports were extremely positive and there was a lot of common ground covered today. It’s clear that we are all working towards the same goal, but at the same time, it’s key that our efforts are coordinated.

“I will be keeping the First Minister and the Minister for Transport up to date with the outcome of this meeting, not to mention the most recent developments from the European Commission.

“The Rosyth-Zeebrugge service is not only a financially viable route, but potentially an immensely profitable one too. With positive signals from Brussels and a number of interesting bids being tabled to take over this route, we are certainly on the right track.”

Councillor Chapman said:

“I too was extremely pleased with the outcome of the today’s meeting. Talks were both constructive and engaging. Alyn and I have been working hard with the Scottish Government to seek a solution to the decision by Superfast to discontinue this route.

“While at Rosyth, we had the opportunity to tour the site. It’s clear that we have a cracking facility here which is currently being under used. Things are moving in the right direction, but there is no room for complacency which is why we will be pressing ahead with the campaign both at home and in Europe.”