Ferry firm in talks over Forth launch

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TALKS are being held about launching a regular ferry route across the Forth.

Pentland Ferries, which operates between Caithness and Orkney, wants to run a passenger service between Granton and Burntisland.

Managing director Andrew Banks confirmed he was looking at operating two ferries for commuters and early-stage talks were taking place with Forth Ports.

He said: “Hopefully we might have something going by next year. It depends on getting the right infrastructure in place.”

A catamaran service for up to 250 passengers between Granton and Burntisland ran for two years before being scrapped in 1993.

Transport firm Stagecoach ran an experimental hovercraft service for a fortnight in summer 2007, which it hailed as a success, but plans for a regular 20-minute service were rejected by the city council last year.