THE £85 million Rosyth International Container Terminal project is still on the table, nearly nine YEARS after it was announced.

First revealed back in 2010, the Scottish Government’s cabinet secretary has now offered to meet Babcock officials to discuss the plans.

Identified as being of national importance in 2010, work has yet to start in Rosyth, despite hopes it would be completed by 2015.

A Scottish Government spokesperson told the Press this week: “This is a commercial decision for the company but we remain strongly supportive of additional freight capacity on the Forth.

“Ministers have been kept informed of the project, and the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity has offered to meet representatives of Babcock International to discuss the plans.”

Babcock also confirmed that the terminal was still being considered.

A spokesperson said: “The prospects for Babcock’s operations at Rosyth are strong with many significant opportunities.

“Rosyth International Container Terminal remains one of these future options and is naturally subject to evolving market and economic conditions, as well as the ongoing competing demands within a busy facility.”

Should work begin and then be completed, the terminal at Rosyth would be capable of taking thousands of shipping containers from around the world, handling around nine million tonnes of cargo per year.

At the time of its first announcement, the company said it could bring 250 construction jobs and 200 permanent positions to the port.

The dock and storage facilities would go on the infamous RD57 site, originally earmarked for the refitting of Trident nuclear submarines until the Tory government pulled the plug in the early 1990s and took that work to Devonport. The site has been lying unused since.