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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11107: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the proposed fare reductions to Northern Isles’ ferry services, in cases where the formulaic road equivalent tariffs exceed the existing fares, on what basis the discounts will be calculated, and whether this approach will be transferable to Gourock-Dunoon services.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 18 September 2017

A variant of RET has been developed for routes over 100 miles on the Northern Isles ferry services. This applies to the Aberdeen – Kirkwall, Aberdeen – Lerwick and Kirkwall – Lerwick routes.

The formula slightly exceeds the existing ‘Low Season Islander Car Fare’ on the North Sea routes (Aberdeen – Kirkwall, Aberdeen – Lerwick and Kirkwall – Lerwick). The intention is that the RET fare for cars on these routes will be capped at this level.

Further consideration will be given to Gourock – Dunoon fares once the outcome of the Ferry Services Procurement Policy Review is known.