Call for Is­lay ferry pledge

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A HIGH­LAND MSP has asked Trans­port Scot­land to fast-track its plans for the devel­op­ment of the Is­lay ferry ser­vice.

Fer­gus Ewing, who is also the cab­i­net sec­re­tary for the ru­ral econ­omy, asked the ques­tion at a ‘ferry sum­mit’ fol­low­ing dis­rup­tion to the Is­lay ser­vice, which re­sulted in the MV He­bridean Isles be­ing out of ac­tion for 16 days.

The meet­ing was or­gan­ised by MSP Michael Rus­sell in as­so­ci­a­tion with Is­lay Com­mu­nity Coun­cil. The aim of the meet­ing was to en­sure fu­ture dis­rup­tions don’t re­sult in se­vere loss of ser­vices and to look at fu­ture de­vel­op­ments.

A Trans­port Scot­land spokesman said: ‘The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment recog­nises the im­por­tance of the ferry link to the peo­ple and busi­nesses of Is­lay.’

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