Allan welcomes council U-turn on air route

Western Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan, has welcomed the decision by the Transport Committee of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to continue to support the lifeline air service from Benbecula to Barra.

The decision, if it is approved by the full council next week, would mean the Comhairle drawing back from its original position of effectively scrapping the service.

Dr Allan commented: “I would welcome the fact that several members of the Comhairle’s Transport Committee, including its convener, Donald Manford, have spoken up so clearly in favour of keeping this service.

“This service is much appreciated, not least by patients in Barra travelling to hospital. I hope the full Comhairle will be in a position to back the Transport Committee’s view. I certainly hope that the Comhairle will be wise enough not to move against this proposal, despite their original support for ending this service.”