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A new ferry route between Scotland and Europe is set to open in 2023

And it’s certainly better for the environment than taking a flight

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Faima Bakar

Travelling from Scotland to other parts of Europe has limited options: you’d probably need to take a flight, or travel down to London to catch the Eurostar.

But the city of Bruges has just confirmed that a new ferry route between Belgium to Scotland is in the works, linking Zeebrugge, in West Flanders, and the port of Rosyth, a 40 minute drive away from Edinburgh.

The route is expected to open in April 2023, primarily operating as freight transport between the two destinations. 

But the mayor of Bruges, Dirk De fauw, has said that passenger travel via ferry, which would take 20 hours, is also a possibility. It’s hoped the journey would be an eco-friendly alternative for passengers who might otherwise take a flight. 

The link between Zeebrugge and Scotland was previously in place in 2018 but was stopped after a fire on the Finlandia Seaways.

De fauw told Belgium news stations that he is excited about the possibilities brought by the ferry route: ‘I’m happy to see an alternative to the old Zeebrugge-Hull link to the UK.

‘Rosyth is located not far from Edinburgh and Glasgow. These are cities with populations of 650,000 and 2 million respectively.’

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