Update: The planned sailings from 4.14pm onwards were abandoned, despite a statement on SPT’s website which said they would go ahead.
The authority later updated its site with the following message:
The Kilcreggan Ferry will not operate on Tuesday evening due to poor weather conditions. An attempt was made by the operator Clydelink to set sail just after 4pm but it soon became clear that this would not be possible due to continued swell & high winds at Gourock.
As a result, sailings for the remainder of the day are cancelled. Clydelink hopes to have the ferry operating as soon as weather conditions permit.
In another development today, the Greenock Telegraph reported former Scots Tory leader Annabelle Goldie’s concerns for the service.
The West of Scotland MSP seems to have a very different view from her fellow Conservative Cllr David Wilson.
She said: “What is the Scottish Government doing to ensure the retention of the Gourock-Kilcreggan-Helensburgh ferry service? Many people rely on this service for commuting, leisure activities and shopping excursions to Gourock.
“I can well understand local concern that the ferry service may be disrupted. It currently acts as a lifeline to the people who use it.”
Update: At 2.18pm it was announced on Twitter (@kilcregganferry) that the next planned sailing from Gourock will be at 1614 and from Kilcreggan at 1630 today.
Ferries between Kilcreggan and Gourock were cancelled today, on only the third morning after Clydelink took over the service.
Scores of passengers had to find alternative routes to work after the Island Princess failed to appear.
This comes only ten days after hundreds of people demonstrated on Kilcreggan’s pier to show their fears for the service.
MSP Jackie Baillie said: “Given that this is not unusual weather for the west of Scotland, it is extremely disappointing that the ferry service has been cancelled within days of the service starting.
“Whilst safety of passengers must be paramount, SPT were warned about this when they changed the contract.”
Argyll and Bute councillors last month unanimously supported a call from Councillor George Freeman to extend the contract of Clyde Marine in order to protect the service.
Today Councillor Freeman said: “It is most disappointing that only two days into the new contract, it appears that the service cannot sail due to weather conditions. If this is what happens on an April day, what level of service are we going to be faced with during the winter months?
“I now have constituents and others who must try and make alternative arrangements at the last minute to get to work or college. If they are going to be faced with a totally unreliable service, then passenger numbers will start to drop which will place the service under threat. ”
The Kilcreggan ferry Twitter feed set up by Clydelink announced “@kilcregganferry: Sailings between Gourock and Kilcreggan are suspended due to high winds. Further update at 12:00”