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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12842: Jamie Halcro Johnston (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what capital investment it has made in relation to inter-island ferries in (a) Orkney, (b) Shetland and (c) Na h-Eileanan Siar in each of the last five years.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 6 December 2017

Orkney Islands Council and Shetland Islands Council are wholly responsible for their internal ferry services.

The Scottish Government has set up a Ferries Accessibility Fund which is open to grant applications from any ferry or harbour operator providing a domestic ferry service covered by the Ferries Plan. This includes local authority and private sector ports and ferry services. The table below sets out details of successful Accessibility Fund Grant awards in relation to Orkney, Shetland and Na h-Eileanan Siar internal ferry services.








Transport Scotland’s contribution



Grant Award Date


Orkney Ferries Ltd

Houton Terminal – improving access & facilities


25 Feb 15 /

22 Oct 15

Orkney Ferries Ltd

Kirkwall Terminal - power assisted doors


25 Feb 15

CnES (Western Isles Council)

Improving Terminal waiting rooms & toilets to make them more accessible.


27 Jan 17

Shetland Islands Council

Improve accessibility of Shetland Island ferry terminal buildings


27 Jan 17

There has been no other Scottish Government capital investment in relation to inter-Island ferries in these areas in the last 5 years.