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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16254: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 30 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how the decision by DFDS to withdraw the roll-on roll-off freight service between Rosyth and Zeebrugge will impact on Scotland's (a) maritime freight capacity and (b) economy.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 10 May 2018

Scotland remains well connected through a range of multimodal services operating from ports throughout Scotland. The Scottish Government does not hold information on the specific impact to the economy of the withdrawal of the DFDS Rosyth-Zeebrugge freight ferry service. However I have been in contact with various stakeholders, including Forth Ports, to ensure that efforts are being made to minimise disruption to those who used the route and that they are aware of alternative services available to them.