Responding to the publication of the Transport Transition Plan following a statement to parliament by the Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur commented:
“The publication of the Transport Transition Plan is a helpful start in establishing how public transport will gradually return to normal as we move out of lockdown.
“There is clearly still an absence of the sort of detail that people and businesses will need as they make their own plans over the coming weeks and months. Hopefully, that detail will be forthcoming as we move forward through the phased approach set out by the First Minister last week.
“In terms of our ferry services, the easing of the current restrictions will have to be handled carefully. It will also have to be done in close collaboration with local authorities and consultation with the island communities directly affected.
“Ferry services remain a lifeline for those who live in island communities such as Orkney. As decisions about when and how to ease travel restrictions are taken, the safety of passengers, crew and the wider public must continue to be the overriding consideration.”