CalMac de­lays must stop, says MSP

Campbeltown Courier - - NEWS -

CalMac can­cel­la­tions and de­lays ‘can­not be al­lowed to con­tinue, let alone hap­pen again’, ac­cord­ing to Ar­gyll and Bute MSP Michael Rus­sell. Dif­fi­cul­ties with two CalMac ves­sels which serve Ar­ran have re­sulted in ma­jor dis­rup­tions to the ser­vices for Is­lay and Colon­say, in­di­cat­ing po­ten­tial weak­nesses in op­er­a­tions and man­age­ment that need to be ad­dressed, he said. Mr Rus­sell and fel­low MSP Kenny Gib­son (Ar­ran) have now re­quested a meet­ing with the rel­e­vant min­is­ters in the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the ferry com­mit­tees on Is­lay and Ar­ran, to raise aware­ness of dif­fi­cul­ties and make ‘con­crete sug­ges­tions’ for the fu­ture. ‘What­ever hap­pens, these prob­lems can­not be al­lowed to con­tinue, let alone hap­pen again,’ said Mr Rus­sell. He said de­lays to the two new ves­sels un­der con­struc­tion was ‘un­for­tu­nate’.

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