David Stewart MSP

Stewart calls for new deal for ferry users

27 June 2008

 

A hard hitting parliamentary report into ferries, initially called for by Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart, is published today. 

The inquiry has been one of the most extensive carried out by a Parliamentary Committee and has consulted a wide range of people, particularly across the Highlands and Islands, on all aspects of ferry services. 

“Ferries are vital for rural development and our wide ranging evidence over the past few months has led our Committee to make a whole range of recommendations which will hopefully improve the experience of ferry users in the future,” said Mr Stewart.

 He added: “One of the most important things for me is to look at a shake up of the way our ferry services co-ordinate with other transport providers. 

“I would support a call for there to be a more joined up strategy in terms of transport planning and that Transport Scotland creates a maritime division to look at how all our services can link together better. 

“The Committee has called for a national strategy which will consider all the issues that affect ferry provision for users. 

“How can we provide a better ferry service in the Highlands and Islands – it is about speed, availability, accessibility and listening more to the public. 

“For many Highlands and Island communities ferries are a life line service which is a key ingredient in tourism, economy and hopefully the recommendations will provide the basis of a much more dynamic service in the future and a better service for users in the Highlands and Islands.”

 

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June 27, 2008 at 1:24 pm

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