MSPs meet new SPT head to voice ferry concerns

MSP Jackie Baillie has met the new chair of SPT to discuss the ‘on-going saga’ with the Gourock-Kilcreggan ferry service.

Councillor George Redmond met Jackie and Greenock and Inverclyde MSP, Duncan McNeil, at the City Chambers in Glasgow on Friday.

The two Labour MSPs outlined their concerns over the current service, since Clydelink was awarded the tender on April 1.

Jackie said that since taking over the lifeline route, Clydelink has cancelled the service on numerous occasions – often at short notice, and has also been the subject of an investigation by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

She said: “Duncan McNeil and I had a very positive meeting with Councillor Redmond last week and he agreed to consider our concerns about the Kilcreggan to Gourock Ferry.

“It is clear that SPT have failed to intervene in the on-going saga with Clydelink and have failed to take control of the situation.

“Clydelink may have been the cheapest option but they are failing to provide a reliable service for their customers.

“In May we were told a replacement vessel for the Island Princess was imminent – yet we had to wait five months before this happened.

Jackie Baillie says the ferry saga is a fiasco

“Clydelink also allowed their skipper and crew to sail the route without the proper safety certification.

“Councillor Redmond is keen to ensure that passenger concerns are addressed and that we have a service that we can rely on.”

George Redmond represents the Calton area of Glasgow.