Today, the Court of Session has reached a decision in relation to a legal challenge to Scottish Government ferry subsidies, concluding that the proposed contract for the Northern Isles ferry services is not unlawful.
Responding to the decision, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur said:
“Hopefully today’s decision will allow the uncertainty that has hung over the tendering process to be lifted. These are lifeline services for the Orkney and Shetland communities, which will now expect improvements to be delivered during the course of the next contract period.
“As well as restoring sailings on the Pentland Firth route that were stripped out of the timetable when the contract was last awarded, the government must also ensure that freight capacity is increased to meet future needs. A roll over of the status quo will not be good enough.”