David Stewart MSP

MSP pushes Government to resolve issues surrounding Dunoon Linkspan

12 May 2008

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands Labour Regional MSP, is calling for action to replace outdated CalMac ferries which are leaving the multi-million pound Linkspan facility at Dunoon unusable.
The 30-year-old vessels are due for replacement and can not use the state of the art Linkspan because they are port and starboard loading.
At a Transport Committee meeting last week Caledonian Maritime Assets, which owns the vessels, confirmed it could not take a decision until political and legal issues over the route had been ironed out.
It has yet to be finally determined whether replacement ferries would be vehicle and passenger or passenger only.
Mr Stewart has written to the Transport Minister to seek his view on how things can be progressed.
“I want the great facilities to be able to be used and an updated and modern vessel to be put on that route. It is ironic that travellers are having to use the dated Victorian pier when only a stone’s throw away is a state of the art Linkspan,” said Mr Stewart.
He added: “The company say they won’t change the vessels until the route issues are resolved, so in the meantime they are using old and inefficient vessels.
“It is vital that compatible vessels are introduced without delay on this route which is so important to Dunoon and Cowal.”
“I will continue to press the Scottish Government on this issue,” said Mr Stewart.

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June 15, 2008 at 1:43 pm

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