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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11146: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 7 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the (a) costs and (b) benefits of introducing the road equivalent tariff on the Gourock to Dunoon ferry service.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 22 September 2017

The ‘Assessment of the Impacts of the Road Equivalent Tariff Pilot’ report by Halcrow Group Limited, was published in July 2011. See below link -

https://www.transport.gov.scot/media/9859/assessment-of-the-impacts-of-the-ret-pilot-final-report-master-290216.pdf

The report set out indicative RET fares and presented the total revenue impact for Firth of Clyde routes. The report also included analysis of the benefits of rolling out RET across the network in general. The analysis is based on information at the time and made a number of assumptions.

The Ferries Plan 2013-2022 stated our intention to roll out RET to all lifeline services. However, there is no commitment to timing or funding for introducing RET on such ferry services.

Further consideration of fare levels on the Gourock – Dunoon ferry service will be given once the outcome of the Ferry Services Procurement Policy Review is known.