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S5W-13012: Donald Cameron (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 27 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-12547 by Humza Yousaf on 22 November 2017, whether Transport Scotland has commissioned independent specialists to undertake a comprehensive appraisal to explore and assess the specification of the next Gourock-Dunoon service (a) contract and (b) fares structure.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 12 December 2017

The tender for the next Gourock-Dunoon service contract has been paused pending the outcome of the ongoing policy review on the future approach to the procurement of the Scottish Government’s lifeline ferry services. An interim report will be published shortly, setting out the implications for each of the ferry services including Gourock-Dunoon. 

The outline specification for the paused Gourock-Dunoon tender described in the Contract Notice published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 13 July 2016 was informed by the MVA consultancy, in association with The Maritime Group (international) Limited, report on the Feasibility Study of a Future Passenger and Vehicle Service with the Vehicle Portion being non-Subsidised, published by Transport Scotland in July 2013.

Ferry fares for all of the Scottish Government’s lifeline ferry services are reviewed annually by the Scottish Ministers in conjunction with the ferry operators.

Further consideration will be given to the final specification and the fare structure for the next Gourock-Dunoon contract once the outcome of the policy review is known.