Calmac ferries in the harbour at Oban, Argyll. Pictures by Bill Heaney
By Democrat reporter
Responding to the news that costs for the delayed CalMac ferry contract at the Ferguson yard in Port Glasgow have doubled, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said: “The disastrous placing of the orders for the two new vessels has now resulted in almost a doubling of their costs. The taxpayer has been lumped with an extra £100million in costs and a huge delay.
“The Cabinet Secretary is quick to pin the blame on management at Ferguson, but let’s not forget the Scottish Government had a significant role to play in ensuring due diligence was conducted in full. Clearly it was not.
“This huge failure isn’t straight forward or easily escapable. Mr Matheson needs to explain to passengers and the public exactly how this was allowed to go so badly wrong.”