Inclement weather to blame for drop in Calmac passenger numbers

Inclement weather has been attributed to a drop in passenger numbers and revenue according to the David MacBrayne Group Ltd's 2012/13 annual report.
Inclement weather has been attributed to a drop in passenger numbers and revenue according to the David MacBrayne Group Ltd's 2012/13 annual report.

The David MacBrayne Group Ltd, the ferry operator which operates the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay service, has attributed inclement weather last summer as the reason for a drop in passenger numbers and revenue according to the company’s latest report and accounts.

The report goes on to say that profits and staff numbers were all down on the 2011/12 figure after the Group failed to win the re-tender of the Northlink Ferry contract to service the Orkney and Shetland routes last year.

The report highlighted the following: vehicle numbers carried increased from 1.1 to 1.2 million; profits down from £3.6 million to £2.1 million; revenue down from £201 million to £157 million; grants received from the Scottish Government down from £121.8 million to £87 million; workforce down from 1667 to 1374; and passenger numbers down from 5.2 million to 4.8 million

Group Chairman, David McGibbon, focused on the positives, saying “This has been yet another successful year for the company that has seen us pick up several industry awards for customer excellence. Our core business of providing ferry services in the Clyde and on the west coast remains profitable and reliability, punctuality and customer satisfaction on all our routes remains high.”

He added: “I’m looking forward to the coming year that will see several new initiatives coming on stream. Work is progressing to improve our customers’ experience of our services including the revamp of our ticketing and online booking system and introduction of wi-fi across the fleet.”

The annual report can be viewed at www.david-macbrayne.co.uk/reports.