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Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has called for an additional ferry for Stornoway - Ullapool crossing.


The MSP said there is “simply not enough capacity” on the route over the busy summer with many sailings fully booked.


She said this prevented people travelling to attend funerals or visit relatives and had a “detrimental effect on the wider economic environment.”


Mrs Grant added: ““Businesses are fearful that many of their bookings which have been made for this coming season will suffer as they did last year. They fear that the attraction of visiting the islands will decrease as the tourists find it impossible to travel and then have to plan to go elsewhere.”


This led to involvement from Humza Yousaf, the Minister for Transport and Islands looking into the possibility of locating a suitable vessel last year.


The MSP continued: “I appreciate that finding the special type of vessel required for this route is not easy however following a bit of investigation it would appear that the MV Clipper Ranger which previously served that exact purpose is available and could be seen as at least one part of the solution to this serious situation.”


She concluded, “It is my attention to once again contact Cal Mac and Humza Yousef to get this serious problem resolved well before the start of the season, which is Easter.


“There has been enough procrastination, it's action that is required now to ensure that this truly is a life line service for the islanders.”    



Labour calls for second ferry on Stornoway route

16 February 2018