FURTHER concerns about the Gourock to Kilcreggan ferry service have been highlighted by local SNP MSP Stuart McMillan as the route again faces a 12-passengers-only restriction.
Clydelink, who have operated the route since the start of April after being awarded the contract by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), have announced that the service can only carry 12 passengers per sailing. Coaches are being provided at peak commuting times although they take 90 minutes compared with the boat’s 15-minute crossing.
No reason has been given for the disruption. A previous restriction on numbers recently was because the main vessel, Island Princess, was damaged and a reserve boat was being used.
Mr McMillan has previously written to both SPT and Audit Scotland to ask for an explanation about the situation and for the tendering process to be investigated.
Mr McMillan said: “It somewhat defies belief as to the mess that Strathclyde Passenger Transport have presided over in relation to the Gourock to Kilcreggan ferry service.
“This service is a vital commuting link for constituents in West Scotland who require utilising the ferry to get to and from work.
“I believe serious questions must be asked of SPT and those who are involved in the organisation as these delays and passenger restrictions cannot continue. We must have a service which is fit for purpose.”