Responding to the news that CalMac has launched legal proceedings against the decision to appoint Serco as the preferred bidder for the Northern Isles Ferry Services contract, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:
“It is deeply disappointing that CalMac has chosen to go down this route. It is not clear what the basis for the legal challenge is but communities in Orkney and Shetland will be appalled at this latest development.
“Island residents and businesses depend on these lifeline services. The letting of this contract has already been delayed by more than 18 months. Continued uncertainty over the future of the service is the last thing communities in Orkney and Shetland need.
“Ministers must do everything possible to resolve this dispute as quickly as possible”.
Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart added:
“Procurement for the next Northern Isles Ferry Service contract has been hit by a number of unacceptable delays which does nothing to reassure people in the Northern Isles that the Government is committed to improving our lifeline ferry services.
“It is imperative that this dispute is resolved as soon as possible in the best interests of people in Orkney and Shetland.”