The SNP Government has been accused of kicking the issue of a second ferry into the
long grass, following an announcement that taxpayer-funded consultants will be hired
to conduct a review of ferry services to the Western Isles.
The review, which was announced by the Minister for Transport and the Islands, Humza
Yousaf MSP, will take around 12 months to complete.
This is despite recent criticisms over the capacity of the current MV Seaforth vessel
which currently serves the Ullapool to Stornoway route.
Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron pointed out local SNP MSP Alasdair Allan
had described the issue as a “priority” more than six months ago.
Mr Cameron said: “It is galling that the SNP Government considers the word “priority”
to mean well over a year and possibly even up to two years before anything actually
“Since I have been elected, the issue of capacity on the MV Seaforth has been one
of the most talked about issues by islanders, and yet we have the SNP Government
kicking it into the long grass by dragging the issue out till at least 2019.”
He added: “If Alasdair Allan and Humza Yousaf went out and spoke to local businesses
and residents in Lewis, they would be able to hear people’s concerns directly and
take decisive action, instead of hiring expensive taxpayer-funded consultants to
state the obvious.”