A direct ferry link between Scotland and mainland Europe could be restored as early as next year under a deal struck between two shipping companies.
Danish-owned ferry operator DFDS has signed an agreement with Ptarmigan Shipping to investigate the possibility of a new route between Rosyth and the Belgian port of Zeebrugge targeting 2023 for freight services to start. It is estimated that passenger services will follow soon after.
The last service between Rosyth and Zeebrugge was axed in 2018.
Zeebrugge is a Belgian port and seaside resort. It's linked to the city of Bruges by the Baudouin Canal. The old fish market in the marina houses Seafront, a theme park focusing on the local seafaring and fishing heritage.
Zebrugge acts as a gateway to exception roads and cobbled climbs of Belgium and is a mecca for cycling enthusiasts who follow the Tour of Flanders, known locally as 'Ronde Van Vlaanderen'.
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