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Assurances sought over RET for Bute commuters

Caledonian MacBrayne's MV Argyle approaches Rothesay pier at the end of her regular crossing from Wemyss Bay.

Caledonian MacBrayne's MV Argyle approaches Rothesay pier at the end of her regular crossing from Wemyss Bay.

 

Bute Community Council is to seek assurances that the island’s commuters will not be hit in the pocket when fares based on road equivalent tariff take effect on the island’s ferry routes.

BCC members were warned this week that the substantial discounts enjoyed by those who currently buy season tickets for the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay and Rhubodach-Colintraive services could become a thing of the past under RET.

Community councillor Mike Blair told the organisation’s July meeting: “CalMac’s representatives told us in May that they did not know what the RET prices for Bute were going to be, but that they would expect them to be in line with multi-journey ticket prices.

“That’s more expensive than a season ticket. The saving on a yearly ticket is immense, and if RET fares come to more than the cost of an annual season ticket, commuters will leave the island.”

* More detail in the July 25 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.

 

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