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Alternative plans proposed for Forth Crossing - within 3 years

Recent discussion regarding a second road bridge across the Forth could have a rival and consigned to the dustbin if a proposal by a leading academic at Napier University gets the green light.

New Ferry Service

The plan involves high-tech ferry services and new terminals at key locations on the north and south banks of the River Forth.

Bo'ness could be in the frame

With Bo'ness poised for regeneration focussing around the foreshore and harbour/ docks, the proposals could complement the development and put Bo'ness in the frame as a base for a ferry commuter service.

Although the idea is little more than an academic exercise there is said to be some interest in the possibility.

Interest already being shown

Fife Council has expressed interest in a ferry service with links to Edinburgh and is said to have support from both bus and rail operator Stagecoach and from Southamton based ferry service operator Red Funnel Group.

The plan may need substantial civil engineering works at some of the possible ferry locations but it is believed could be operational within three years.

Support of Forth Estuary Forum

The Forth Estuary Forum think the scheme has potential and are keen to stimulate further debate as it could offer al less controversial solution than a new road crossing and in a shorter timescale.

A study is underway and is expected to be completed by summer 2006.

Ferry Crossing report - Bo'ness Journal

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