Serco team return to Rothesay tonight

Serco Caledonian Ferries' CHFS bid team last visited Rothesay on November 12, but brought an early end to their drop-in event after bad weather threatened to disrupt the island's ferry service.

Serco Caledonian Ferries' CHFS bid team last visited Rothesay on November 12, but brought an early end to their drop-in event after bad weather threatened to disrupt the island's ferry service.

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The Bute travelling public will get a second chance to quiz officials from Serco about the private company’s plans for the island’s ferry services at an event in Rothesay tonight (Tuesday, December 15).

Representatives of Serco Caledonian Ferries Ltd will host a drop-in event at the 292 Club in the town between 6pm and 8.30pm after cutting short their previous visit last month due to forecast bad weather.

The company, which already holds the Northlink contract to operate lifeline services to Orkney and Shetland, is bidding against the state-owned CalMac Ferries Ltd for the new eight-year Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service (CHFS) contract.

The winner will be announced in May, after the Scottish Parliament election, and the new contract will take effect on October 1, 2016.