Serco seeks ferry meeting in Rothesay

Serco runs Orkney and Shetland ferry services under the Northlink brand - and is competing for the new contract to provide Clyde and Hebrides ferry services too.
Serco runs Orkney and Shetland ferry services under the Northlink brand - and is competing for the new contract to provide Clyde and Hebrides ferry services too.

The private firm bidding to run subsidised ferry services in the Clyde and Hebrides hopes to hold a public information event on Bute later this month.

Serco Caledonian Ferries Ltd has contacted Bute Community Council seeking suggestions for a venue for a drop-in event on Friday, October 30, and asking for a direct meeting with BCC members on the same day.

Serco, which already operates subsidised lifeline ferries to Orkney and Shetland under the Northlink brand, is bidding against state-owned CalMac Ferries Ltd (CFL) for the next Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service (CHFS) contract.

Jonathan Riley, Serco’s bid director, told The Buteman last week that members of the public should be “reassured” by the company’s operation of other public transport contracts.

We’ll publish the date, time and venue of Serco’s proposed Rothesay meeting as soon as the details are confirmed.