Commenting on proposals to overhaul Orkney’s inter-island ferry fares, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur commented:
“For years, Orkney’s internal ferry services has fallen below the government’s own minimum standard when it comes to cost and frequency. So funding to help reduce fares and increase services is welcome and long overdue.
“However, this can’t be subject to an annual negotiation and Scottish Government must now commit to support these changes over the long term. I have written to the new Transport Minister, Graeme Dey, urging him to make that commitment as well as reinforcing the need to make progress in procuring new vessels.
“Meantime, I will be meeting with Orkney Ferries early next week to discuss concerns raised by isles constituents about proposed changes to the fare structure as well as the current booking system. Given the lifeline nature of these services, it is important that they meet the needs of those living and working in the inner and outer isles”.