CalMac set to introduce 9 day Bute saver return

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Caledonian MacBrayne is expected to confirm details of a nine-day saver return ticket aimed at visitors to Bute, to be available from Monday, May 20.

The Buteman understands that the ticket - effectively an extension of the current five-day saver return - will only be available for purchase at Wemyss Bay and Colintraive, and will only apply to adult, child, car and motorcycle fares.

A pilot scheme along similar lines was introduced on the company’s Oban-Craignure route in July 2012.

The move is expected to result in an annual loss of revenue of around £20,000 per annum to Caledonian MacBrayne, the figure representing the loss in comparison to the current standard return, less a small growth in volume.

Residents of Bute have long campaigned for an extension to the validity of the existing five-day saver return, arguing that visitors are put off by the higher ‘standard return’ fare for those not travelling back within a week.

A full announcement from CalMac is expected on Monday.