Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed confirmation that securing a second vessel
on the Stornoway – Ullapool remains a “priority” for the Scottish Government.
Additional ferry for Stornoway is “priority”
13 July 2017
The Stornoway-Ullapool route has been served by the £42 million MV Loch Seaforth
since 2015 when she replaced two vessels - MV Clipper Ranger and the MV Isle of Lewis.
Alasdair Allan commented: “The MV Loch Seaforth has represented an improvement in
capacity and reliability – which would not have been the case with two smaller ferries
– but it is clear to see she is now at capacity in the busy summer months.
“In many ways we have become victims of our own success, with record numbers of tourists
enjoying our island hospitality in the summer thanks to RET.
“With Calmac now advising foot passengers to book online we clearly need to be looking
at securing an additional vessel to the Loch Seaforth.
There are ongoing problems with people finding the ferry is full if they look online
but informed there are still spaces if they phone.
“This is clearly an issue and I have written to Calmac to take up these concerns,”
Transport minister Humza Yousaf stressed resolving the issue is a “priority” for
the Scottish Government.
He revealed he had no luck in attempting to source a suitable vessel on the open
“This underlines the importance of investment in new vessels and the record levels
of funding going in to ferry services,” said Mr Allan.
“The Scottish Government has demonstrated its commitment in this regard with the
construction of the new £97 million dual-fuel ferries currently underway at Ferguson’s
shipyard in Port Glasgow, with one designed specifically for the Uig triangle.”