Sin­gle ferry ser­vice must be up­graded

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, Is­lay res­i­dents and vis­i­tors have been en­dur­ing an ap­palling level of ser­vice from CalMac.

We have had de­lays, can­cel­la­tions, a se­vere lack of fer­ries and it al­ways seems to be Is­lay that goes with­out.

It’s by no means the fault of the hard-work­ing front-line staff of CalMac but cer­tainly the man­age­ment needs to get its act to­gether and sort out these mount­ing prob­lems.

This is the time of year when we on Is­lay need our fer­ries the most yet CalMac, with its monopoly and large tax­payer-funded sub­sidy, seems to be more than will­ing to let this sin­gle ferry ser­vice con­tinue.

On Is­lay, more than any­where else, our fer­ries are not just an im­por­tant means of trans­port for lo­cals and vis­i­tors but an es­sen­tial piece of in­fra­struc­ture for our mas­sive in­dus­trial out­put from our dis­til­leries, farms, fish­eries and es­tates.

I know of a num­ber of tourists who have not vis­ited Is­lay this year be­cause of our ferry trou­bles.

Is­lay’s econ­omy is be­ing dam­aged by the man­age­ment of CalMac’s not­fit-for-pur­pose ferry ser­vice. Alas­tair Red­man, Is­lay.

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