THE case for a ferry link from Rosyth to Europe has been floated once more.

Douglas Chapman, MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, said he's not giving up on the idea and raised the campaign with the UK Government again last week.

He admitted that the project has had setbacks but remains hopeful it may eventually come to fruition.

Mr Chapman said: "This week, I able to secure a meeting with Rachel McLean MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, and raised the issue of a Rosyth-to-Europe ferry link.

"In a follow-up call with those working with the ferries and ports industry, it appears that there is still strong interest in establishing a Euro-ferry service from Rosyth.

"There are some really good ferry ships currently available on the international market which would ideally serve a Rosyth-to-mainland Europe service for freight and passengers.

"In addition, where there could be a range of receiving ports on the Europe side that could be used, such as Zeebrugge (Belgium) or Eemshaven (Netherlands), Rosyth is seen as the only port at the Scottish end that really ticks all the boxes in terms of port infrastructure, connectivity and easy access.

"Despite a lot of setbacks for this project along the way, I am not one to give up and the campaign continues."

Mr Chapman has been campaigning for the re-establishment of a passenger and freight ferry service between Rosyth and Europe for years.

The ferry link between Rosyth and Zeebrugge was freight-only and was operated by DFDS.

The service replaced a passenger and freight service that was operated initially by Superfast Ferries between 2002 and 2008, and then by Norfolkline until 2010.

The Rosyth ferry had been operating since 2002, initially by Superfast Ferries and then Norfolkline, but stopped carrying passengers in 2010 when it became freight-only.