Chance for Bute public to quiz ferry officials

Caledonian MacBrayne's ferry MV Argyle in Rothesay Bay.
Caledonian MacBrayne's ferry MV Argyle in Rothesay Bay.

Members of the public will get the chance to hear from everyone involved in providing Bute’s ferry services at a meeting in Rothesay next month.

Bute Community Council has invited officials from Transport Scotland, CalMac Ferries Ltd and Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd to attend the public meeting at the Pavilion cafe in Rothesay on Monday, May 11 at 7pm.

The meeting will therefore be a rare opportunity to see those responsible for the service and fares specification (TS), service operation (CFL) and ownership and maintenance of ferries and infrastructure (CMAL), in the same room.

The move comes after frustration was expressed at previous ferry service meetings - most notably one organised by BCC and held at Rothesay Joint Campus on February 26 - that those present were not able to answer the questions being asked.

BCC secretary Mick Common told The Buteman: “Everyone who attended the February meeting said they wanted another meeting with everyone present.

“Transport Scotland are coming this time, and the questions over reliability and the work at Wemyss Bay are ongoing, while CalMac have told us they will try and get a skipper along to this meeting.”