MSP sends out SOS for ferry service
Kilcreggan to Gourock ferry service should be replaced immediately – MSP.
March 9, 2018 – MSP Jackie Baillie has renewed her call to Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) to immediately cancel its contract with Clydelink following yet more disruption to the Kilcreggan – Gourock Ferry Service. The ferry service was suspended on Monday due to a technical issue despite undergoing intense inspections by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency just days previously. The Helensburgh and Lomond MSP said the latest incident highlighted the need to replace Clydelink as soon as possible to secure a safe and reliable service for local passengers. The contract for new operators, Clyde Marine, is not due to start until the end of June, but Jackie Baillie is concerned that passenger numbers are falling due to the lack of a reliable service. Ms Baillie said: “The ferry service was suspended for around two weeks last month for an intense round of safety inspections so it is disappointing that the ferry is off again so soon due to technical issues. We need to secure a safe and reliable service so getting rid of Clydelink should be an urgent priority. I have spoken to SPT to reiterate my view that they should be doing everything possible to ensure that the new operator is able to take over the service as soon as possible. Passenger numbers are already in decline and we cannot afford to let our local communities suffer until the end of June. That, coupled with the news that Clydelink has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal by the Maritime Coastguard Agency, must surely make SPT see the need for urgent action.”