Ferries, Aviation, Canals and Freight
Airbus A830 over Glasgow
Kelpies at dusk (Courtesy of Scottish Canals)
Pinkston Watersports Centre, Forth & Clyde Canal, Glasgow (Courtesy of Scottish Canals)
Transport Scotland has continued to work with airlines and airports to develop international air links and in 2013 we helped secure new services from Edinburgh to Chicago, Philadelphia and Doha and worked with the Isle of Man Government to help restore a link between Glasgow and the Isle of Man.
We also brought Prestwick Airport into public ownership and started a process designed to provide a more secure future for the airport and a return on the Government’s investment.
Over the year we awarded £0.8 million of
freight grant funding from the Mode Shift
Revenue Support Scheme to six companies in
respect of nine freight flows (seven crossborder
and two within Scotland). This scheme
helps companies with the extra operational
costs associated with moving freight by rail
or inland waterways instead of road.
This year saw the launch of the second of the
unique and innovative ‘hybrid’ ferries. The
ferries, named MV Hallaig and MV Lochinvar,
were built following a Scottish Government
investment worth over £20 million.
The first of these ferries came into operation on the Sconser-Raasay route on 29 November 2013 with the second vessel to be deployed on the Tarbert-Portavadie route.
Elsewhere on the Scottish ferry network,
we saw the start of the Scottish Ferries
Plan roll-out, with pilot services starting on
the Ardrossan-Campbeltown route and the
Mallaig-Lochboisdale route with enhanced
services to Barra and South Uist during the
Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) fares continue to be rolled out with services to
Islay, Colonsay and Gigha benefitting from
October 2013, bringing cheaper fares for
residents and visitors alike.
Completed in January 2014, the stunning
Kelpies were developed by Scottish Canals and have the accolade of being the largest
equine statues in the world. Sculpted by Andy
Scott, the 30 metres high Kelpies stand proud
at the new entrance to the Forth and Clyde
Canal at Grangemouth, and are set to be a
worldwide tourist attraction.
Scottish Canals funding of £4.25 million has contributed toward a variety of projects, including Pinkston Watersports Centre in Glasgow – Scotland’s first purpose built paddlesports centre, expected to open this summer.
We also published a new canals policy
document Making the Most of Scotland’s
Canals in April 2013 which sets out our
aspirations for Scotland’s canals over the
next 5 to 10 years.