Edward Mountain

In Parliament

Debate: Concern over the State of Scotland's Ferry Services - 31 October 2018

In my speech today I called on the Scottish Government to review their Ferries Plan following a huge increase in CalMac delays and cancellations.

Figures revealed yesterday show there has been a 119% increase in the number of services delayed on the CalMac network since 2007-08.

As I made clear in my speech the Scottish Government promised in its Ferries Plan to review their approach to providing ferry services and to continue to reassess the needs of our island communities. 

The Ferries Plan has sat on the shelf, gathered dust, and nothing has happened to it. It needs to be dusted off and it needs to be looked at, especially because the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract is up for renewal in six years.

Ashley Atkins