Scottish Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles has today warned that the Scottish Government is “all at sea” after ministers admitted that the time scale for delivery of two already overdue CalMac ferries has slipped again.
In a letter to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, Islands minister Paul Wheelhouse said that deadlines for the two boats “will not be achieved.”
In summer 2018, ferry operator CalMac reported that the risk of break-down is now 'significant' for many of their aging vessels.
Mr Rumbles said:
“The Scottish Government are all at sea. Patching up and making do can only get us so far, we urgently need a long-term plan for our ferry services in Scotland.
“Spiralling costs and slipping deadlines will be a bitter blow to the island communities that depend on Scotland’s ferry network.
“We need a range of vessels, of all sizes and with the capacity to serve on different routes. That is the only way to improve the flexibility of the fleet in the long term.”