Ferry across the Forth?

A FERRY linking Fife and Edinburgh could be launched next year.

The passenger service would operate between Burntisland and Granton if an existing ferry company can tie up a deal with a variety of stakeholders, notably Forth Ports.

Pentland Ferries currently operates between Caithness and Orkney, but is interested in turning its attention to the Firth of Forth, where it may run a two-ferry operation.

Managing director, Andrew Banks, said: “It depends on getting the right infrastructure in place, but hopefully we might have something going back next year.”

Fife Council has also looked at the route and estimates infrastructure would cost £3 million.

The route was used by a catamaran service which lasted for two years in the early 1990s.

In 2007, transport company Stagecoach ran a successful two-week long trial of a hovercraft services between Kirkcaldy and Portobello.

But hopes of that becoming permanent finally sank when City of Edinburgh Council rejected the proposal on environmental grounds.