Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs Jnr has said he hopes the investment in new quay facilities at the P&O owned port at Cairnryan is a sign of continued commitment by the shipping company to the Larne- Cairnyan route.
Mr Beggs said:
“Given that the P&O group own both the Port of Larne and the Port at Cairnyan, the announcement of major investment in new roll on roll off berthing facilities at the Scottish side is good news all-round.
Such a financial commitment to the route is something we spoke about when an Ulster Unionist delegation including our local councillors and Jim Nicholson MEP met with Port of Larne senior Management last year.
We have been very concerned at the loss of routes and operators from the port of Larne in recent years. In that context P&O’s commitment to Larne/Cairnryan is welcome news and hopefully a harbinger for the safeguarding of local employment and better trading conditions in the years to come.”