Ferry access improvements

Ferry - Isle of Arran

A fifth round of funding is being made available to improve access on ferry services around Scotland.

The Ferries Accessibility Fund is once again open to applications, with a view to helping make improvements to existing vessels and harbours that go beyond regulatory standards set for accessibility.

Around £160,000 is available from the fund and bids can come from the public or private sector. Awards are made on a match funding basis.

Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands Paul Wheelhouse said:

“We want ferry and harbour operators to provide the best passenger experience possible, so I’m delighted to open the Ferries Accessibility Fund for a fifth round of applications.

“Previous rounds have proved a great success and have helped fund a wide variety of projects. These range from the installation of “Changing Places” toilet facilities and improved on-board signage to enhanced accessibility at terminals and staff training in disability awareness.

“I encourage any potential bidders to come forward with proposals to improve their services and hope this round of applications will continue our efforts to enhance the door-to-door journey for all of our passengers.”

Published 1 Oct 2019