Far fewer people are using the Kilcreggan to Gourock ferry since the change of operator earlier this year, SPT documents have revealed.
The totals for May to July all showed double-figure falls, according to a report to the authority’s operations committee yesterday.
In the four weeks ending May 19 – the first full period monitored after Clydelink took over the service from Clyde Marine on April 1 – there were 3,440 passenger trips, 34.7% below the total for 2011.
The next month passenger numbers were down by 10.9% compared to the previous year, and in July the difference was over 28%.
The SPT report points out that the service no longer includes Helensburgh, but since this only accounted for 4,200 passenger trips per year the slump in use would still be dramatic even if this were taken into account.
The ‘moving annual total’ is now estimated at 53,203 compared to the target of 60,000.