More reliable local ferries

Ferry transport is one of the main modes of transport in the Highlands and Islands Region, and for many communities it is a lifeline mode of transport. 

Whether you need to travel from Stornoway to Ullapool, Dunoon to Gourock or Tobermory to Kilchoan, many rely on these services for hospital and GP appointments, for shopping or simply to see family and friends. 

Unsurprisingly, the issues of ferry reliability, capacity and timekeeping regularly fill up my postbag, and since my election in 2016 I have campaigned for better services for our communities. 

Whether that is calling for an improved Dunoon to Gourock town centre service, increased capacity on Islay's ferry services or holding Calmac to account for high levels of delay and cancellations.

Here is some of the things that I have done in Parliament to campaign for better ferry services.

CAMPAIGN UPDATES

OCTOBER 2018 - Raised the fact that there have been some 70,000 delays or cancellations to CalMac services since 2007 - See the exchange here.

MARCH 2019 - Asked the Energy, Connectivity and the Islands Minister if the Scottish Government intends to increase ferry capacity in the Highlands and Islands Region, and in this instance, on Islay's ferry service. - See the exchange here.

MAY 2019 - Asked whether or not the Dunoon to Gourock town centre service would be considered for the RET scheme - See the exchange here.

SEPTEMBER 2019 - Raised the issue of the robustness and reliability of ferries on the Clyde and Hebridean network in the Scottish Parliament - See the exchange here.

OCTOBER 2019 - Asked the Energy, Connectivity and the Islands Minister if the Scottish Government intends to upgrade the Gourock to Dunoon ferry service - See the exchange here

JUNE 2020 - Lodged a written question asking why Calmac decided to suspend the Campbeltown to Ardrossan ferry service until summer 2021 - See the question here.

JUNE 2020 - Lodged a written question raising the issue of the future of the Corran Narrows ferry service - See the question here