Meeting to discuss Kilcreggan ferry after ‘resilience’ fears

Community councillors will meet an official from Transport Scotland to discuss the Kilcreggan ferry service tomorrow.

Concerns over the resilience of the service to Gourock have been raised again after the Island Princess broke down last week, with commuters being offered a 90-minute bus journey instead.

Clydelink retained the contract for Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) earlier this year, with the subsidy increased by £87,000 a year, but there is still only one boat in use.

Chairman Nick Davies told Cove and Kilcreggan Community Council on Tuesday night that he wanted to pay tribute to the ferry’s crew, but was worried about the service.

“I would like to reiterate that there is no beef with the people manning it, but we are at risk with that boat,” he said.

“It would be really good to have a ferry operator that has more than one vessel.

“We are after more resilience, a later sailing in the evening and disabled access.”

Paul Flynn from the Scottish Government will travel on the ferry tomorrow to meet a group of community councillors to discuss the issue – Transport Scotland has agreed in principle to take over the service, potentially linking it with the passenger ferry to Dunoon, but this has been delayed by a 12-month ‘pause’ on ferry contracts after apparently new advice on European legislation,


  1. Do we know what the outcome of the meeting was and were we ever told in a bit more detail what the new advice on European legislation was

    • Only community councillors, John; not sure yet who the new SPT representative will be.

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