Labour MSP angry that yet again ferry capacity hit and it's over Easter break

29 March 2018

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant is angry and disappointed that ferry services on the Uig triangle will be affected yet again and at one of busiest times of year.

CalMac has announced that the MV Hebridean Isles is moving to operate the Uig-Tarbert-Lochmaddy triangle and MV Hebrides will sail south to service Tiree, Coll and Colonsay.

Meanwhile, the MV Clansman is in extended dry dock, requiring CalMac’s reshuffling of its fleet to continue to deliver lifeline services to communities it supports in the Western Isles.

“I believe this could go on for a further two weeks – over the busy Easter season – meaning there will be reduced capacity on the smaller ferry operating the triangle, meaning disrupted and cancelled bookings,” said Mrs Grant today.

“What is needed is another ferry to be brought in but CalMac says there is nothing spare. I am contacting the Transport Minister as a matter of urgency to try to resolve this matter.

“It makes me angry that yet again services for the Western Isles are hit because there is no back-up ferry brought in to fill the gap. It is totally unacceptable for individuals and businesses.

“Today I had a constituent saying they would have to wait 18 days to get a ferry to North Uist. Just incredible!”

CalMac has apologised for the disruption saying “we believe the best solution within the resources we currently have to deliver reliable services”.

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