Despite a decade of promises from the First Minister and the Scottish Government, communities that use the Argyll Ferries service from Dunoon to Gourock will be forced to rely on the good will of CalMac to continue the service.
In a session of First Minister Questions today, however, the SNP Leader failed to offer any reassurances for the route when quizzed by Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles. Instead she referred the issue to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport.
In 2008 the SNP Government told passengers that it was “committed” to the continuation of a vehicle service between Dunoon and Gourock. In 2012, both the Transport Minister, at the time, Alex Neil, and the Minister for Infrastructure, Nicola Sturgeon visited the area and told residents that the service was not fit for purpose and promised to do something about it.
Mr Rumbles said:
“The First Minister has abandoned her promises to the people of Argyll. Instead of new boats and a robust tender, that will secure the route for years to come, all passengers will get is a new logo.
“The service is now infamous for delays and cancellations, often leaving people stranded.
“I have little hope that the Scottish Government will now honour their promises and I urge the people affected to make their frustrations clear to both the First Minister and their local SNP representatives.”