CalMac timetable changes
CALMAC has announced that its summer 2017 timetable is now online and available for booking.
The main timetable change of note is the company’s intention to deploy two vessels on the Mallaig-Armadale service to allow the MV Coruisk to provide much-needed additional capacity on the very busy Oban- Craignure route.
Operations director Drew Collier said: ‘The MV Lord of the Isles and MV Loch Fyne will serve the Mallaig-Armadale route, providing the additional capacity, frequency and improved reliability requested by the Sleat community.
‘We have specifically planned the timetable to benefit coach traffic which was affected by disruptions due to tidal issues last summer.
‘The MV Loch Fyne, which traditionally operates between Lochaline and Fishnish on Mull, will require some modifications to her ramps to operate on the Sound of Sleat but, once completed, will allow us to provide more capacity and more sailings on the route than in summer 2015 when the MV Coruisk operated alone.
The two vessels are scheduled to operate nine return sailings per day (as opposed to eight in 2015) or 3,287 sailings over the summer season (versus 3,126 in 2015). The route will be able to take 23,300 more cars than in 2015 and around 11,400 more than 2016. MV Loch Fyne can carry up to four coaches depending on size, compared with two on the MV Lochinvar.
Mr Collier added: ‘The positive news is that travel trade bookings for the route in summer 2017 are looking positive.’
For more information, go to www.calmac.co.uk.