Gourock-Dunoon ferry link
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.
Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse, said:
“The decision on the future of this ferry service has not been taken lightly but, having given it full and careful consideration, I believe transferring it to CalMac is the most appropriate course of action.
“This will secure the employment of staff, crew and the future of the service itself. It also reflects the value for money issues around the service raised by Audit Scotland.
“We want to encourage greater use of public transport and sustainable travel options. The ferry service will continue to link up with the Gourock railhead and we will consider upgrading passenger facilities at the harbours in the future.
“Officials at Transport Scotland 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. We 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.
“Following the transfer, further consideration will be given to future vessel and service requirements to ensure we are best placed to deliver a safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable ferry service into the future.”