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MSP’s plea to withdraw Kilcreggan ferry as report goes to Fiscal

Kilcreggan ferry

February 26, 2018 – MSP, Jackie Baillie, has called on SPT to end its contract with Clydelink early following yet more chaos for Kilcreggan Ferry passengers.  The call comes after continuing problems with the current service which has seen the Kilcreggan Ferry suspended for two weeks with no replacement bus service being provided for passengers. It was also revealed that the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has reported Clydelink to the Procurator Fiscal, such is the level of concern about the service. This is just the latest chaos caused by Clydelink following months of turmoil for ferry users over the past year.  SPT recently announced that a new provider would take over the ferry contract at the end of June, and this was welcomed by Jackie who had campaigned hard with local people to deliver a better service. Following the latest round of problems, it is clear that Clydelink cannot be relied on to provide a service for the next four months.  Jackie Baillie said: “I welcomed SPTs decision to end its current contract with Clydelink at the end of June, but with yet more chaos for passengers it is imperative that SPT bring forward a new contract as soon as possible.  If anyone needed more evidence that Clydelink is simply not up to the job then the latest revelation that the MCA has taken legal action against them must surely hasten SPT ending their contract. Passengers deserve a reliable service and it is clear that the current operator is unable to provide that. SPT must start the contract for the new ferry service as soon as possible.”

 

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