western Isles MSP will tonight (Friday) meet with campaigners at a public meeting in Daliburgh, South Uist, to discuss the case for a Lochboisdale-Mallaig ferry.
Dr Allan commented: “Tonight’s meeting provides a chance to talk about the demand which exists among many people in South Uist for a direct ferry connection to Mallaig.
“There is little doubt that the current ferry service to South Uist is in need of improvement to better serve the needs of the community.
“The current service to the mainland, which takes around 6 and a half hours, is an understandable cause of frustration.
“As the local MSP I have made the case a number of times for the option of Mallaig as a ferry port for South Uist to be examined.
“We have to have a ferry service in the Southern Isles which suits the needs and preferred destinations of people in Uist, but without prejudicing the rights of people in Barra to the service which they would also like.
“In my response to the Ferries Review consultation I made a strong case for the retention and development of Lochboisdale as a ferry port and continue to argue that the trialling of a service between Lochboisdale and Mallaig is an option we should consider.
“As Calmac makes its plans for the future, we should also work to ensure that the right number of vessels is provided to meet the needs of all island communities.”