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Rosyth (pronounced Ross-sythe) (Scottish Gaelic: Ros Saidhe or Ros Saoithe) is a town located on the Firth of Forthmarker, three miles (4.8km) south of the centre of Dunfermlinemarker. According to the 2007 population estimate, the town has a population of 12,865.

The town was founded as a garden city and was built to form the coastal port of Dunfermlinemarker which began in 1909. Currently, the port has the only direct ferry service to the European mainland from Scotland (The service stopped in September 2008 and is to restart in May 2009 under new operator Norfolkline). Rosyth is almost continuous with neighbouring Inverkeithingmarker, separated only by the M90 motorway. Rosyth railway stationmarker is on the Fife Circle Line.


Rosyth is within the Dunfermline West , the Mid Scotland and Fife of the Scottish Parliamentmarker (at Holyrood) and the Dunfermline and West Fife marker (at Westminster).

Rosyth is represented by the Dunfermline and West Fifemarker Westminster constituency, currently held by Willie Rennie MP for the Scottish Liberal Democrats, and the Dunfermline West Scottish Parliament constituency, currently held by Jim Tolson MSP for the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Rosyth has three council representatives on Fife Council - Keith Legg (Scottish Liberal Democrats), Douglas Chapman (Scottish National Party) and Pat Callaghan (Labour Party).


The area is best known for its large dockyard, formerly the Royal Naval Dockyard Rosythmarker, construction of which began in 1909. The town was planned as a garden city with accommodation for the construction workers and dockyard workers. Today, the dockyard is almost 1,300 acres (5 km²) in size, a large proportion of which was reclaimed during construction.

Rosyth and nearby Charlestownmarker were major centres of shipbreaking activity, notably the salvage of much of the German fleet scuttled at Gutter Soundmarker, Scapa Flowmarker.

The associated naval base closed in 1994, and no Royal Navy ships are permanently based at Rosyth, though there are frequent visitors.

Rosyth's dockyards became the very first in the Royal Navy to be privatised when a company named Babcock International acquired the site in 1987. The privatisation followed almost a century of contribution to the defence of the United Kingdommarker which spanned two World Wars and the Cold War with the Soviet Unionmarker, during which Rosyth became a key nuclear submarine maintenance establishment. When the final submarine refit finished in 2003, a project to undertake early nuclear decommissioning of the submarine refit and allied facilities - Project RD83 - began pre-planning. The project was funded by MoD, in accordance with the contractual agreement in place following the sale of the dockyard, but management and sub-contracting is the responsibility of the dockyard owner, Babcock Engineering Services , a member of the Babcock International Group. The main decommissioning sub-contractor is Edmund Nuttall, and work began in 2006. It is expected to complete in 2010, when most of the areas occupied by the submarine refit facilities will have been returned to brownfield status and be ready for redevelopment. The dockyard is the site for final assembly of the two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy's which are the outcome of the Royal Navy's CVF (future carrier) project.

The fifteenth century Rosyth Castlemarker stands on the perimeter of the dockyard complex, at the entry to the ferry terminal and was once surrounded by the Firth of Forth on almost all sides, until land reclamation by the docks in the early 1900s.

Ferry to Zeebrugge

Since 2002 an overnight ferry service has linked Rosyth with Zeebruggemarker in Belgiummarker. This service was discontinued by Superfast Ferries in September 2008, but recommenced in May 2009 under the new operator Norfolkline. The service has 3 sailings a week in both directions.


Scottish Enterprise Fife is now working in partnership with various private sector organisations to explore the future development of Rosyth. The agency is looking at ways to expand the ferry services to other European and domestic ports. It also wants to help create new business infrastructure in and around Rosyth – which in turn will bring economic benefits to Fifemarker and beyond.

Three areas around the port of Rosyth are being developed:

Surplus land and buildings owned by engineering giant Babcock, which operates the naval dockyard, is being offered to external companies.

The main dock area – operated by Forth Ports – is ripe. Since opening in 1997, the port has seen rising timber and cargo vessels use the facility. Its warehouse and logistics facilities make an ideal choice for exporters and importers.

A private developer owned site is being developed into an £80 million business park – called Rosyth Europarc. More than 13,000 square meters of office and hi-tech manufacturing have already been developed. Companies like Intelligent Finance and Bank of Scotland are on site. To complement these developments, a new £8.4 million road is being built to provide an enhanced link to the nearby M90 motorway. Work began on the new road early in 2006, and it was completed in spring 2007.

Local company Cameron Harris Design & Build are currently developing prestigious office pavilions to the North of Rosyth at Masterton and are about to bring to the market industrial premises at Admiralty Park, where they have previously constructed premises for IDS and also Acorn Pets. Cameron Harris have lodged planning permission for the next phase of works at Admiralty Park, Rosyth which will home up to 60 jobs, the first company to relocate there is a well established European company who will use Rosyth as their UK headquarters

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