Local News for Tuesday 23rd October 2018
CALMAC WINS FERRY OPERATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
In news that came as a surprise to many, CalMac has been named ‘Ferry Operator of the Year 2018’ at the National Transport Awards.
The award is open to ferry operators running services from ports in the UK and Ireland. Entries needed to demonstrate how they have improved services and facilities over the year. This included results that have been achieved across performance and reliability, passenger growth, and customer satisfaction.
CalMac managing director, Robbie Drummond said;
‘This is an award for all our staff in recognition that no matter what challenges we face, whether it be extreme weather conditions or vessel availability, they will always provide the best possible service for our customers,’
CalMac operates a fleet of 33 vessels across 26 routes serving island and remote mainland locations across the west coast. Last year they carried more than 5.3 million passengers, an increase of 300,000, and nearly 1.4 million vehicles.
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Local News for Monday 22nd October 2018
LABOUR CALLS FOR DETAILS ON LOCH SEAFORTH DEAL
The Labour Party in the Western Isles has called for SNP Ministers to “come clean” on the terms of the PFI deal under which the ‘Loch Seaforth’ is sub-leased by Caldonian MacBrayne.
Labour Candidate Alison MacCorquodale said: ‘Secrecy can no longer be tolerated. The people and businesses who depend on a reliable service from the Loch Seaforth need to know the full story.’
She added: ‘As far as we know, the Stornoway-Ullapool route is now hostage for decades to come to the performance of a vessel which is showing alarming signs of unreliability at a very early stage in its life. I ask the MP and MSP for the Western Isles to join me in calling for Scottish Ministers to permit total transparency around the terms of the Lloyds Bank deal and to provide a statement on their contingency plans if the current uncertainty – and associated chaos – continues.’
Read more: Local News for Monday 22nd October 2018