First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced today that Caledonian MacBrayne has won a new £900m contract to continue operating the Clyde and Hebrides Ferries Network – and Inverclyde MSP and MP Stuart McMillan and Ronnie Cowan have shared their delight at the news.
The new contract, which was awarded by the Scottish government, covers the eight-year period from 1 October.
CalMac’s bid makes almost 350 commitments to improve the service, aiming to help drive economic growth, improve customer service and make sure the company delivers value for money.
Commenting, MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde Stuart McMillan said:
“I’m thoroughly delighted by the confirmation of CalMac as the preferred bidder to operate the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services. It’s great news for the staff headquartered in Gourock in my constituency and for over 1,300 employees throughout Scotland. After a fair, open and transparent tender process this is a fantastic outcome and one to be welcomed.”
“CalMac will retain its head office in Gourock, and will provide more opportunities for local employment, including more apprenticeships for young people.”
Further commenting, Inverclyde MP Ronnie Cowan said:
“I am delighted to learn that CalMac, a Living Wage employer, have won the ferry contract to continue operating the Clyde and Hebrides Ferries Network.
“Having previously met with representatives of CalMac and Serco to discuss their bids it was pleasing to learn that both showed a commitment to Inverclyde. It was reassuring to learn from CalMac that they guarantee their headquarters will remain in Gourock.
“As constituency MP for Inverclyde I’m delighted the decision is now taken and I look forward to continuing to work with CalMac.”