Board­ing fears

The Arran Banner - - Letters -

Sir, I re­cently ex­pressed my con­cerns to CalMac about the new ferry board­ing ar­range­ments at Brod­ick. They are based upon the fact that I suf­fer from claus­tro­pho­bia and ver­tigo. I could never en­ter that long nar­row tun­nel, nor walk in mid-air with see-through pan­els. I sug­gested a ground level board­ing for such suf­fer­ers, or a minibus to shut­tle such folk on to the car deck.

In their re­ply CalMac stressed that they ‘care about their pas­sen­gers and would not want to them to feel dis­tressed,’ but have no plans to re­move that stress. They of­fer the al­ter­na­tive of Lochranza – not much good in win­ter.

In sum­mer this is sat­is­fac­tory if you are driv­ing and have the time, but if that were the case there would be no prob­lem at Brod­ick. It is when one is forced to be a foot pas­sen­ger, for what­ever cir­cum­stance, that board­ing be­comes im­pos­si­ble. Per­haps I’m the only suf­ferer on the is­land?

Yours, Leigh Hock­ing Brod­ick

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