Caledonian MacBrayne’s staff have been praised for keeping Bute connected with the mainland - and for keeping the island’s residents informed about the state of the service - during the adverse weather which has affected ferry journeys on the Clyde in the last few weeks.
The praise came from Bute Community Council member Barbara Hill, a regular commuter on the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay route, during discussions on the idea - reported here on Thursday - that Rothesay might be better served by a winter ferry timetable operating to Gourock as a matter of course.
Mrs Hill said: “I thought CalMac handled a bad situation extremely well. They ran ferries as and when they could, they kept people informed with text message alerts, and they did their utmost to keep a service running.”
Mrs Hill was less complimentary of the idea that winter ferries should sail to Gourock rather than Wemyss Bay, warning: “If you ask for a specific ferry to a specific place at a specific time, that’s what you’ll end up with for good.”
Her fellow community councillor Mike Blair said he felt the suggestion, by new BCC secretary Mick Common, was “a really dangerous thing to voice”, adding that he felt the island would suffer badly from any request for a diminution in the service.
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