HIGHLANDS and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has welcomed an announcement from transport minister Stewart Stevenson that the Scottish Government will carry out a ferry review.
The review will consider current provision of ferry services and what improvements should be made to meet future needs. Mr Gibson said: “I welcome the positive ferry enquiry response by the Scottish Government. Stewart Stevenson’s announcement of a ferry review will allow realistic assessment of existing and new routes. That should take certain proposals such as the Lochboisdale to Mallaig out of the realms of speculation.
“Meantime the potential to fund and build new ferries for specific route, for replacement and improvements to roll-roll off equipment can be considered. The forthcoming parliamentary debate planned for 10th September on the Transport Committee Enquiry, which triggered the government responses, is expected to examine the priorities for lifeline services to Scotland’s islands.”