A public consultation will take place at a drop-in session in the Garrison House on Saturday 28th January between 1pm and 5pm.
This follows publication of the Project Neptune report and a commitment by the Transport Minister to a full consultation with communities about the effectiveness of the management structures delivering ferry services. The chair of the Scotland-wide Ferries Community Board, Angus Campbell from Stornoway has been asked to bring forward that piece of work.
Presently, ferry management functions are delivered through Transport Scotland regarding policy, CMal as the asset owner and procurement agent and CalMac as the operator including staffing and maintenance. The consultation is seeking views about how communities feel this setup delivers; both the positive elements of service delivery and the issues that need to be addressed.
This includes hearing from you, the users of the ferry services about how future arrangements might bring more effective and responsive provision. Views are being sought from as many parts of the community as possible, including young people, those dependant on ferries for health services, education or employment and those needing help when travelling.