CalMac is right to put public safety as its top priority
THERE was, unfortunately, considerable disruption to many people’s travel plans over the festive period.
Mother Nature vented her fury with a brace of storms, dubbed Barbara and Conor. Sure enough, as Robert Burns wrote in the splendid Tam O’ Shanter, ‘The wind blew as ’twad blawn its last; The rattling showers rose on the blast.’
For islanders, especially, it was a concerning time as they contemplated getting home for Christmas and travelling to visit family and friends elsewhere.
The team at CalMac came in for a bit of verbal abuse but they did their best in difficult conditions to keep the ferries sailing and potential passengers informed.
There is a feeling in some quarters that the company is too quick to cancel sailings but its position is that public safety is always its first priority.
While it is understandably dismaying for people who can’t make their planned journeys, CalMac is correct to focus on public safety – and that of its crews – during bad weather.