Stuart McMillan MSP welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement today that the Gourock-Dunoon ferry service will transfer to CalMac when the current contract ends next month, becoming part of the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services network.
From the 21st January 2019, CalMac will provide a passenger-only service, in line with the current timetable arrangements, and consideration will be given to improved harbour facilities for passengers.
Discussions will also be held with key stakeholders on the introduction of electric vehicle hubs at both ferry terminals, as well as developing the ferry service to encourage active travel users.
Commenting on the news, the Greenock and Inverclyde SNP MSP said:
“I’m delighted that the Gourock-Dunoon ferry link will be transferred to CalMac. The service has been performing well under Argyll Ferries so I have no doubt it will continue to do so under CalMac.
“As the Scottish Government wants to encourage greater use of public transport and sustainable travel options, the ferry service will continue to link up with the Gourock railhead.
“Additionally, Transport Scotland officials will hold talks with Argyll & Bute and Inverclyde Councils on the potential introduction of an electric vehicle scheme, served by e-vehicles and e-bicycles, in both Gourock and Dunoon. The Scottish Government will also look to develop the ferry service for active travel purposes, to encourage more foot passengers and cyclists to use the crossing and benefit the local area.
“This decision will ultimately secure the employment of staff, crew and the future of the service itself. People on both sides of the water depend on this ferry service, so I warmly welcome this news and the Scottish Government’s clear commitment to the Gourock-Dunoon sailing.”