Storas Uibhist say new ferry link is ‘overdue’ and ‘half hearted’

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The announcement of a two day a week winter service from Lochboisdale to Mallaig is a ‘long overdue’ and ‘half hearted’ response from Scottish Government to the long-standing demands for a fit for purpose ferry service for the people of the Uists, say Stòras Uibhist.

Stòras Uibhist welcomes the fact that Scottish Government now recognises the strength of demand for the Lochboisdale-Mallaig ferry service from the community of South Uist, that has been clearly demonstrated for many years.

The introduction of a two day a week winter service from Lochboisdale to Mallaig will go some way towards improving the transport options for this community. However, it must be acknowledged that the winter season sees lower demand for ferries and the local economy will continue to be restricted during the peak summer months until a year round service is introduced.

Huw Francis, Chief Executive of Stòras Uibhist said: “We look forward to seeing more details about the timetable for the proposed two day a week service and working with Scottish Government and CalMac to further improve the transport options for the people of Uist.”