Date lodged: 19 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of its decision to cancel the Gourock-Dunoon ferry tender process and proceed with a direct award to CalMac, when it will provide details of (a) future service levels, (b) future service vessels and (c) the introduction of RET fares on both Gourock-Dunoon ferry services.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 15 January 2019
The service will remain unchanged upon transfer, to facilitate the transition with the same timetable and ticketing arrangements as are currently in place. Any future changes will be fully assessed and evaluated and subject to existing consultation processes.
In line with my letter to you and fellow MSPs regarding the areas affected, further consideration will be given to vessel requirements going forward, in consultation with local stakeholders and trade unions, with a view to ensuring that the ferry service fully meets the needs of the community and passengers.
Any possible introduction of RET on the route will be considered in due course.