Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur has received assurance from the Scottish Government that current concessionary ferry vouchers which are due to expire at the end of March will remain valid until September 2021.
The issue was raised by constituents who were concerned that they would lose out on being able to use their current vouchers due to the current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions resulting in travel not being possible.
In a letter to Mr McArthur, the Islands Minister, Paul Wheelhouse clarified that:
“In the light of the additional restrictions announced by the First Minister on 4 January, I can confirm that people who use their concessionary ferry vouchers to book a journey by 31 March this year but are not able to travel due to the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions will be able to use these ferry vouchers up to the end of September 2021.”
Commenting on the response, Mr McArthur said:
“While there is likely to be limited travel taking place over the coming weeks, it is understandable that people in Orkney will be looking to make plans for later in the year. I am glad, therefore, that the Scottish Government has responded to concerns raised with me by constituents about ferry vouchers expiring. Hopefully, the extension to the end of September will put minds at ease for people who were concerned that they would lose out due to the current lockdown.”
“If anyone in Orkney has any issue with using their vouchers then I urge them to get in touch.”