A request for an earlier ferry service on Sundays between Gourock and Kilcreggan has been rejected.
And an experimental early morning bus service on Sundays between Helensburgh and Coulport has been axed, with fewer than four passengers a day using it.
Both decisions were made last week by the operations committee of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), when elected members followed officials’ recommendations.
A 10am ferry sailing had been suggested by Argyll and Bute Councillor Maurice Corry, after Harry Cathcart of the ferry user group said low passenger numbers for the Sunday service – which had led to a ‘use it or lose it’ threat – were partly because the timetable was too restrictive.
Argyll and Bute’s SPT representatice Robert Macintyre had been confident before the meeting, but officials said no action should be taken the subsidy cost per passenger was already above guideline criteria.
The additional bus service, leaving Coulport at 8.05am rather than the previous earliest service of 11.05, was run for a six month trial period by Garelochhead Coaches starting on December 9 2012, again after a request by Cllr Corry.
A report to last week’s meeting stated: “Analysis of this additional journey indicates low usage, and the subsequent subsidy cost per passenger journey of £21.20, well in excess of SPT Guideline Criteria.
It was agreed to withdraw the service with effect from August 20 (last Sunday) , saving £75 per week.