Date lodged: 17 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an annual estimate of the value of the 2019-27 contract for Northern Isles Ferry Services by (a) subsidy and (b) passenger fares revenue.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 29 January 2019
The total value of the eight-year contract is estimated at some £370 million of public subsidy required to cover the costs of operating the ferry services. This equates to an average contract value per annum of some £46.2 million. A more detailed breakdown of the estimated value of the subsidy and fares revenue is not disclosed during an ongoing tender exercise, with this being a matter for individual bidders to consider when pricing their respective bids.