CalMac clarifies Rothesay ferry ticket rules

Rothesay ferry passengers will be able to buy several RET tickets at once when the lower fares come into effect on October 1, 2015.
Rothesay ferry passengers will be able to buy several RET tickets at once when the lower fares come into effect on October 1, 2015.

Rothesay ferry travellers WILL be able to buy more than one ticket at a time when RET fares are introduced on October 1.

The confirmation from CalMac comes less than a fortnight before the introduction of the cheaper fares - being brought in to co-incide with the diversion of services to and from Gourock instead of Wemyss Bay - and means passengers won’t have to queue to buy a ticket before every single journey they make.

Bute Community Council raised several RET-related subjects with CalMac’s area operations manager Simon Richmond this week - among them the procedure involved in getting refunds for the current discounted multi-journey books of ten tickets, which will cease to be valid from October 1.

Mr Richmond replied: “The procedure would be to return the multi journey ticket and get a refund, and it is possible without the customer incurring an administration fee. Current tickets expire with the introduction of RET on 1 October.

“It will be possible to buy several RET tickets at one time.

“There are no student discounts under RET. Senior citizens can still buy a ticket for Glasgow at Rothesay which includes the concession on the rail journey from Gourock to Glasgow.”

We’ve sought clarification from CalMac on whether ‘several’ means passengers can buy as many tickets as they like in one transaction, and will update this story when we receive a response.

The RET fares structure will see the cost of a single journey in either direction on the Rothesay route fall to £3.05 for a passenger and £10.95 for a car, with returns costing exactly twice as much, two returns four times as much, and so on.