MSP Jackie Baillie has tabled a series of Parliamentary questions in her attempts to have responsibility for the Kilcreggan to Gourock ferry service taken away from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).
She has been calling for the Scottish Government, to run the passenger service, but says her questions have revealed this has not been considered because SPT have not put the service forward for consultation.
To be considered a lifeline service the route must be required in order for a community to be viable.
However the Dumbarton constituency MSP says SPT, which subsidises the service, do not appear to consider the Kilcreggan to Gourock ferry link to be a “lifeline” service and have ‘dragged their feet’.
The Scottish Government say they will assess the acquisition of any ferry service on a case-by-case basis, but it would be up to SPT as the party responsible for the provision of the service to put it forward for takeover under the Scottish Government Ferries Plan.
Jackie Baillie said: “The Scottish Government has made it clear that it would be prepared to consider adopting the Kilcreggan to Gourock ferry service if it was considered to be a lifeline service.
“This is something the whole community appears to be backing, yet SPT continue to drag their feet.
“SPT need to get a move on. A number of community councils and other organisations have already written to SPT advising them that they would support this move. It is time for SPT to make the case and put this service forward for consideration.
“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 have been a number of problems for users of this service, with sailings cancelled at the last minute and a catalogue of errors.
“I strongly believe it is in the best interest of this service that the route is taken over by the Scottish Government.”