Better liaison with islands by ferry providers

Ferry providers should be required to discuss timetable changes with community representatives from each island they serve as they change.

Why the contribution is important

Whilst it is a challenging situation for ferry providers to deal with, some decisions about ferry timetabling have had more negative impacts on some islands than others. For example the decision of CalMac to sail to Port Ellen on Islay for all sailings on a route that also serves Jura, rather than Port Askaig adds 1 hour 40 mins to already extended delivery times for essential supplies to Jura. Coupled with the reduced timetable this has issues with working time regulations for carriers in a situation where logisitics are already complicated. We do not expect ferry providers to foresee these issues themselves, but they should be required to consult in a timely fashion with those on all the islands on the route they serve - not just the islands they berth in.

by kgow on May 07, 2020 at 05:30PM

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  • Posted by HarrisSch May 08, 2020 at 08:11

    My reading of the timetable shows the ferry going to Port Askaig more often than Port Ellen. Some islands do not have a daily ferry. I think CalMac is doing a good job of providing safe lifeline services and protecting the island communities.
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