P&O Closes Troon Larne Ferry Service
P&O Ferries has confirmed that the Spring to Autumn fast craft service from Troon – Larne will close with immediate effect.
The reason cited for the ferry closure is that the route is simply unprofitable.
Previously running from Ardrossan, P&O ferries moved the operation to Troon in 2001, where until recently it has run a successful ferry operation. The Troon service was largely supported by a number of key freight contracts before latterly concentrating on carrying passengers on fast craft services.
The impact will be minimal, as freight and passenger services will continue from the port of Cairnryan which is located 52 miles south of Troon. P&O Ferries operate sailings from from Cairnryan to Larne whilst Stena Line operate ferry services from Cairnryan to Belfast.
Despite the minimal impact, long term there will be consequence to the local communities in Troon and Larne, which cannot be underestimated. What these consequences will be is unknown at this time, however, unless of course another operator takes over the ferry route in the future.