MSP Jackie Baillie is calling on the local community served by the Kilcreggan to Gourock ferry to campaign for the service to be considered as a “lifeline” route.
Transport Scotland is currently undertaking a review as part of the Scottish Ferry Services, Ferries Plan (2013-2022) to look at services which should be managed by the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Government has said that they would be willing to take on responsibility for all “lifeline” ferry services in Scotland.
At present, the Kilcreggan to Gourock ferry service is run by Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and is subcontracted out to Clydelink.
In a letter to Jackie Baillie, SPT said that the Ferries Review Plan does not consider the Kilcreggan to Gourock ferry route to be a “lifeline” service and it would be for others such as the constituents of the area and Argyll and Bute Council to promote the service as a “lifeline” route.
Jackie Baillie said: “I have written to Nicola Sturgeon to strongly encourage the Scottish Government to take over this route, but I can’t do this on my own.
“SPT have made it clear that for the Kilcreggan to Gourock ferry service to be adopted by the Government, it must be considered a “lifeline” route.
“I would strongly encourage all ferry users and other local constituents to write to Transport Scotland to put forward the case that this is a “lifeline” service.
“Each day hundreds of ferry users rely on this service to get to work, access further or higher education and attend hospital appointments on either side of the River Clyde.
“Since Clydelink took over this route in 2012 there has been considerable problems for users of this service, with sailings cancelled at the last minute and a catalogue of errors.
“It is in the best interest of this service that the route is taken over by the Scottish Government.”