Bril­liant fig­ures for Cal­Mac

The Oban Times - - News -

AS WE re­port to­day, Cal­Mac is claim­ing some re­mark­able fig­ures for its pas­sen­ger num­bers. The ferry op­er­a­tor has recorded more than five mil­lion pas­sen­gers for the first time in 20 years, with the num­ber of cars car­ried rock­et­ing.

This surge in the num­ber of peo­ple trav­el­ling on the Clyde and He­brides ferry routes is due in large mea­sure to the in­tro­duc­tion of the Road Equiv­a­lent Tar­iff (RET) which slashed the cost of us­ing Cal­Mac’s boats. The idea is to make the ferry jour­neys cost the same as it would to drive the equiv­a­lent dis­tance by road.

If there is a down­side to this good news, though, it is that some is­lan­ders feel a bit swamped dur­ing the tourist sea­son. I have some sym­pa­thy with that po­si­tion – and there might need to be in­fras­truc­ture im­prove­ments – but the pos­i­tives far out­weigh the neg­a­tives.

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