The reduced timetable for ferries between KIlcreggan and Gourock does not breach the operators’ contract, SPT told Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie this week.
Changes following new berthing requirements imposed by the MCA in early August were agreed by SPT so the contract was not invalidated, the authority’s chief executive Gordon Maclennan says in a letter to the MSP.
He goes on to state: “The resulting timetable now provides a longer daily operation from 0645 t0 1845 and provides better connections for many and in particular the Coulport base operatives,” he goes on to say.
The letter makes no mention of the reduction in weekday sailings, from 15 to 13, or the fact that an SPT staff member appears to have been working on the Island Princess crew for several weeks, without SPT receiving any financial compensation.
But Mr Maclennan does state that SPT do not require operators to make insurance documentation available to be viewed by the public or displayed on the boat, adding that he understands Clydelink has offered ‘access to view relevant documentation’.