Isles MSP rejects joint approach over ferry

Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan has turned down an invitation to join forces with his Labour Holyrood rival over the Tarbert Sunday ferry issue.

Earlier, Donald Crichton called for a joint approach to Transport Minister, Keith Brown in order to secure a community ballot on whether Cal Mac go ahead with their Sunday sailing plans.

But the idea was rejected on Monday afternoon by Dr Allan. He told the Gazette: “Calmac are currently consulting on whether the vessel which presently runs from Uig to Lochmaddy to Tarbert on Sundays should continue to take vehicles and passengers only as far as Lochmaddy.

“I believe that, at this stage, the best way for people to make their views known to Calmac quickly is to take part in the existing consultation process, rather than to try to construct a new process.

While personally I don’t use Sunday services, I believe both sides of this argument have a right to be heard by Calmac, and I intend to make sure that they are.”