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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-02085: Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 2 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has undertaken a cost-benefit analysis regarding the provision of a year-round, two-ferry service between Ardrossan and Brodick.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 10 May 2018

The Scottish Government conducted high-level cost-benefit analysis of various options for the Ardrossan – Brodick ferry service, as we did for all routes, a number of years ago while developing the Ferries Plan 2013-22.

The final Ferries Plan stated that the delivery of a new vessel will provide the opportunity for a 2-vessel year-round service, with the prospect for an augmented Ardrossan – Brodick service and Campbeltown service in the winter.

The Ferries Plan noted that the correct level of frequency would require to be established. Transport Scotland and CalMac have begun initial high-level exploration of potential future service levels. Further analysis of demand, costs and benefits will be required prior any decisions.