Making ferries more accessible

Northlink Ferry

A fund to improve accessibility on Scotland’s ferry networks has reopened for an eighth round of applications.

The Ferries Accessibility Fund helps support organisations to make improvements to their vessels and harbours that go beyond regulatory standards set for accessibility.

Awards are made on a match funding basis, with up to £71,143 available for bids from the public or private sector.

Minister for Transport Kevin Stewart said:

“I’m delighted to open the Ferries Accessibility Fund for an eighth round of applications, as it’s proved a hugely successful initiative in recent years.

 “The fund has brought tangible improvements across our ferry networks in a wide variety of forms. Previous projects range from the installation of Changing Places facilities on board vessels and the funding of specialist equipment to giving staff training to help with autistic passengers.

“We want ferry and harbour operators to provide the best passenger experience possible, so I encourage any potential bidders to come forward with proposals to improve their services.”

Published 2 May 2023