Responding to news that CalMac Ferries are formally challenging Transport Scotland over why it lost the bid for the new Northern Isles Ferry contract to Serco Northlink last month, Orkney’s MSP commented:
“The future of these lifeline ferry services has already been subject to an 18 month delay, with all the inevitable uncertainty that has created. Any further delay is therefore disappointing and should be kept to a minimum.
“Given the importance of these services to communities in Orkney and Shetland, it is essential that value as well as cost is taken fully into consideration.
“Calmac are within their rights to challenge the decision but Ministers must now act swiftly in dealing with this complaint. Businesses and those in the Northern Isles who depend on these lifeline services deserve nothing less and cannot continue to be left in limbo”.