Responding to confirmation by the Scottish Government that the tendering of the Northern Isles ferry contract will proceed as set out in the original documentation, following the Court of Session ruling earlier this month, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur appealed for 'real improvements' to the service.
Mr McArthur commented:
“This is welcome confirmation by the Minister that there should be no slippage in the timing for tendering the next Northern Isles ferry contract. However, the timeframe is tight and will be challenging for both bidders.
“We need to see real improvements delivered through the next contract, including an increase in freight capacity and restoration of sailings on the Pentland Firth route.
“Unfortunately, the Minister is unable to shed any light on when passengers on the Northern Isles routes can expect to benefit from RET. Almost a year on from the date for implementing RET, those using these lifeline services are still being forced to pay over the odds. Patience locally with this impasse has long since been exhausted.”