17 February 2018
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has been continuing the fight for an additional ferry for the overbooked life line service between Stornoway and Ullapool.
Islanders and visitors alike were faced with fully booked sailings between Stornoway and Ullapool during many months of last year.
She met with Calmac chiefs as well as Council leaders in an attempt to have the situation resolved and a second vessel operating primarily as a Freight Ferry put in place.
The MSP stated “It is a widely accepted fact that there is simply not enough capacity on this vital life line route during many months of the year.
"This has a huge effect on the normal life of the Islanders as well as a detrimental effect on the wider economic environment.
"Businesses are fearful that many of their bookings which have been made for this coming season will suffer as they did last year.
"They fear that the attraction of visiting the Islands will decrease as the tourists find it impossible to travel and then have to plan to go elsewhere.