Serco ferry team sets date for Bute return

Serco, which is bidding for the next Clyde and Hebrides ferry contract, already runs NorthLink services to Orkney and Shetland (pictured).
Serco, which is bidding for the next Clyde and Hebrides ferry contract, already runs NorthLink services to Orkney and Shetland (pictured).

The team behind Serco’s bid for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services contract will return to Bute later this month after their first visit was cut short by weather.

Jonathan Riley, Steve Rowbotham, Fiona Irving and Ruaridh Wilson decided to bring an early end to their visit on November 12 after bad weather threatened to disrupt the Rothesay ferry service.

They’ll come back to the 292 Club in the town on Tuesday, December 15 between 6pm and 8.30pm.

Mr Riley said: “We really want to discuss the issues that affect Bute with everyone, so we’re coming back to hear first-hand how the community would like to see their service improved.

“It is really important to us to understand exactly what individual local communities really want from their ferry provider and our face-to-face meetings have proved to be really valuable sessions.”

The company is competing against the state-owned CalMac Ferries Ltd for the new eight-year CHFS contract, which will be awarded next May, after the Scottish Parliament elections, and will begin in October 2016.