It is time to build a bridge at Cor­ran

The Oban Times - - LETTERS -

Sir, Ac­ci­dents hap­pen and I want to ap­plaud the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the Cor­ran ferry skip­per and crew.

How­ever, the ab­sence of the back-up ferry, be­ing away for its spring ser­vice at the height of the tourist sea­son, is mis­man­age­ment by the coun­cil of­fi­cials. When did it leave?

While Mull and Skye are burst­ing at the seams with tourists, Ard­na­mur­chan and Morvern has now ef­fec­tively been closed to tourists. The al­ter­na­tive is a 35-mile de­tour, half of which is along a sin­gle-track road which has not had its verges cut, and through the traf­fic con­ges­tion in Fort Wil­liam.

In re­cent years, the High­land Coun­cil has mas­sively raised the fares, de­spite the ferry be­ing in profit.

It is time for a low level, open­ing bridge, as pro­posed in lo­cal de­vel­op­ment plans. Plan­ning and the de­sign for this should be paid for from the City Re­gion deal. Dr Michael Fox­ley, High­land Coun­cil­lor for Cor­ran ferry 1986-2012.

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