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through the Lochryan ports has more than doubled in the last
ten years. And
virtually all coach traffic with the North of Ireland use
ferries from Stranraer or Cairnryan.
These are just
two of the major findings of a £20,000 economic survey carried
out by a group set up to press for improvements to the road
links to the ferries.
They will be
used to press the case with politicians that not only should
more money be earmarked for upgrading, but that the timescale
should be much shorter than planned.
DTZ Pieda were commissioned by the North Channel Partnership
to produce the study. On Friday, members, including Stena
Line and P&O, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Scottish Enterprise
Dumfries and Galloway and Larne Borough Council, were shown
the draft findings.
is scheduled to be completed by the end of next month.