CalMac timetable changes

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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