No government commitment on Bute season tickets

CalMac's passenger gangway at Wemyss Bay pier. The ferry service to and from Rothesay is one of the few CalMac routes with travellers who hold annual season tickets.
CalMac's passenger gangway at Wemyss Bay pier. The ferry service to and from Rothesay is one of the few CalMac routes with travellers who hold annual season tickets.

Officials from Transport Scotland are staying tight-lipped on the implications of the introduction of RET ferry fares on season ticket holders travelling to or from Bute.

We contacted the government agency, which is responsible for setting fares on the Caledonian MacBrayne network, seeking clarification after Bute community councillor Mike Blair - who commuted from Bute to mainland workplaces for many years - pointed out that the RET discount, taking effect this autumn, could be considerably less than the cut-price rate currently enjoyed by people who hold annual season tickets.

A spokesman for the agency said: “RET fares will be rolled out to all remaining routes in the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services network in October. Transport Scotland is currently developing fares and an announcement will be made in due course.”

* More ferry news in the February 27 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.