SPT should ‘come down hard’ on ferry operators Clydelink, Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie said today (Wednesday).
The ferry linking Kilcreggan with Gourock was suspended this morning because of ‘technical reasons’, forcing commuters to go to Helensburgh for trains to work.
Almost as soon as the service resumed just before 10am it was suspended again, this time because of high winds.
Ms Baillie said: “This situation is fast becoming a joke. Since signing the tender contract on April 1, Clydelink has had one problem after another.
“Passengers were forced to wait over 100 days for a replacement boat to come into force to allow the Island Princess to go for service work – a 16-year-old vessel which has proven unreliable on numerous occasions in the last six months.
“Now to add fuel to the fire the back-up boat, the Cailin Oir, has been cancelled twice already this month due to technical problems.
“Whilst I appreciate that services being cancelled due to the weather is beyond Clydelink’s control , I would like to know what the technical issues are with the Cailin Oir and why these were not identified before bringing the vessel in to service.
“It is hardly an ideal replacement if it can’t take passengers between Kilcreggan and Gourock.
“It is time that SPT came down hard on Clydelink. Local people are being let down because of the poor service.”
UPDATE: At 4pm Clydelink said there would be no sailings for the rest of the day.