Kate Forbes MSP to meet with Islands Minister over Mallaig to Armadale ferry

Next week the constituency MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch will meet with the Scottish Government’s Islands Minister to discuss future plans for the Armadale to Mallaig crossing.

Kate Forbes MSP said she would be making the case at Thursday’s (29 November) meeting with Paul Wheelhouse MSP that the Skye crossing “needs to be well-supported”.

Earlier this year it was revealed that the route was CalMac’s fifth most popular crossing on the network – surpassing even Ullapool to Stornoway – with 285,483 passengers for the 2017 season.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “The Mallaig to Armadale crossing has been beset with difficulties over the last three years, since the Coruisk was removed. These have been well documented.

“Local people and businesses have consistently told me that they need to see light at the end of the tunnel and a plan in place to ensure reliability, resilience and stability on that route.

“A number of additional challenges across the network, particularly at the start of this summer timetable, mean that ferries are top of the agenda more generally.

“I’m meeting with Paul Wheelhouse  to discuss the long term plans for Mallaig to Armadale route and to make the case that this is a popular route that needs to be well-supported.”

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