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MSP sends out SOS for ferry to be replaced immediately

Kilcreggan ferryFebruary, 21,  2018 – MSP Jackie Baillie has written to the Chair of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Cllr Martin Bartos, to urge that the new operator of the Kilcreggan Ferry service is brought in immediately.

The call comes after local passengers were left without a ferry service for over a week since Saturday 10 February. The Island Princess has apparently been taken out of service due to electrical faults and is now being inspected by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Clydelink has faced fierce criticism for failing to provide a replacement bus service and for poor communication with passengers.

SPT recently announced that the new contract for the service has been awarded to Clyde Marine, a more reliable operator, but the firm is not due to commence until the end of June.

Jackie said: “Clydelink never cease to amaze me with the sheer level of incompetence. Maritime and Coastguard Agency inspectors have found so many faults with the Island Princess over the past year that it raises serious concerns over whether Clydelink is a fit and proper company to operate a passenger ferry service.

“Now that SPT has already appointed a new operator, I see no reason why the start date cannot be brought forward. We cannot afford to wait until the end of June or passenger numbers will continue to plummet and there will be virtually no ferry service left for Clyde Marine to take over. SPT must act quickly to ensure that passengers are not left in the lurch without a service.”

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