Update on Arran ferry study
The Minister for Transport and the Islands has asked for representations on a report, looking at mainland berthing options for the Arran ferry service.
The report has been produced following a study which looked at the two options objectively, taking into account a broad range of factors including the impact on users in terms of travel time, fares, and connectivity, as well as reliability and the costs to the public purse.
A copy of the report has been shared with all relevant parties and they now have 14 days to respond.
Ministers have noted that the report supports the view that the mainland port for the ferry should remain at Ardrossan but, before any decision is made, they wish to receive representations.
Humza Yousaf said:
“My officials at Transport Scotland commissioned this report, following consultation with all relevant parties and stakeholders.
“We have looked at the options under four broad pillars: Connectivity, Reliability, Overall Cost to the Public Purse and Socio-Economic considerations.
“At this stage, the report supports the view that the mainland port for the ferry serving Brodick and Campeltown should remain at Ardrossan. However, before any decision is made, Ministers wish to offer an opportunity for representations in light of the report.
“This invitation is being issued to Associated British Ports at Troon, Peel Ports at Ardrossan, Argyll & Bute Council, North Ayrshire Council and South Ayrshire Council.
“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting our lifeline ferry links. This study will help support careful and robust decision-making towards ensuring that the Arran ferry service is fit for purpose, whilst also getting the best value for the public purse.”
A redacted version of the report is available on the Transport Scotland website here.