MSP meets Transport Minister over ferry concerns

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Western Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan, met on Tuesday with Transport Minister, Keith Brown, about the forthcoming disruption to the Ullapool – Stornoway ferry service and indicated the strong concerns which his constituents had to ensure this was minimised.

Alasdair Allan commented: “I think it would be fair to say that many people in the islands have asked me why they did not have more warning from CMAL and Calmac about the proposal that the linkspan in Ullapool be out of action for a number of weeks between February and April 2015.

“The great majority of food on shelves in Lewis depends on this link and it is therefore of the utmost importance that CMAL and Calmac speak to the community and minimise disruption.

“In my meeting with Keith Brown the Scottish Government were able to confirm alternative arrangements which are to be put in place for cars and lorries to go between Stornoway and Uig, while MV Loch Seaforth runs a passenger only service to Ullapool.

“The Scottish Government has invested very heavily in new vessels and renovated piers in recent months. However, CMAL and Calmac really must learn from this disruption a better way to include island travellers in the decisions they make.”