Good news for frequent Bute ferry users

CalMac ferry MV Bute departing Rothesay pier.
CalMac ferry MV Bute departing Rothesay pier.

The Scottish Government has announced that the price of season and 50-journey tickets on Bute’s ferry services will NOT go up when fares based on road equivalent tariff are introduced later this year.

We contacted Transport Scotland after calculating that frequent users of the island’s two routes could face a significant increase in the cost of travel under RET, which will see most multi-journey tickets scrapped.

Bute Community Council has also been seeking answers on the season ticket issue amid fears of a similar major price hike.

But a spokesperson for the government agency said: “50 journey and season tickets will be retained at their current price under RET and uprated annually as per normal practice.”

A 50-journey ticket, for a car plus a driver, costs £608 on the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay service and £300 on the Rhubodach-Colintraive route, while an annual season ticket for a foot passenger on the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferry costs £880.

* More on the implications of RET for Bute - along with a comparison of the reduction in fares on all the routes on which RET will be introduced in October - in the April 3 edition of The Buteman.