Ferry passenger figures show 18% fall

Ferry figures

Passenger numbers on the Gourock to Kilcreggan ferry have fallen by 18%, according to the latest figures reported to Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).

The four-week periods ending November 1 and November 29 saw steep falls, with cancelled sailings being blamed on difficult weather conditions.

In October there were 3,881 passengers on the Island Princess, owned by Clydelink, compared to 4,741 in 2013/14, 4,369 in 2012/13 and 4,335 in 2011/12.

And a total of 3,868 people used the SPT-subsidised service from November 1-29, compared to 4,725 in 2013/14, 3,637 in 2012/13 and 3.732 i 2011/12.

Ten years ago the figures were far higher – SPT records show that in October and November 2004 the total figures were 5,800 per month.


  1. What are the councillors doing to improve the service ,I beleive the representative on SPT is a Helensburgh &Lomond councillor!!

    • All councils in the SPT area have at least one councillor on the SPT board as their representative; East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Inverclyde, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, and Argyll & Bute. Trying to get that lot to spend any money on a ferry when they’d rather impress their own constituents with hot and cold running buses is a non-starter. As far as I can see they exist to rubber stamp what the SPT directors tell them to.

  2. No Sunday sailings – bring them back please, that would lift numbers a bit.
    There’s so many ferries travel to and from Dunoon via Gourock and Hunters Quay, maybe some Gourock boats could go ‘via’ Kilcreggan. A lot of them are pretty empty anyway so they could share their subsidy.

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