MSP hits out at suspension of Lochboisdale ferry services

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Na h-Eileanan an Iar  MSP Alasdair Allan has hit out at CalMac’s plans to suspend all services from Lochboisdale for two weeks in June.

The proposal has been devised by CalMac to cover a period while the MV Clansman will go back into dry dock for permanent repairs to her propeller shaft.

Dr Allan said: ‘Given that CalMac’s CEO and north area manager were in Uist just last week to listen to the concerns of residents over the chaos caused by previous redeployment decisions, it is particularly disappointing that the latest changes result in Uist bear the brunt of disruptions to services again.

‘It is clearly not within the spirit of what was discussed at that meeting to have had no consultation whatever before making this decision.

‘While I accept that the current strain on the fleet is exceptional, I cannot accept that removing all services from one port is an equitable solution, no matter how exceptional the circumstances may be.

‘In my view, the contingency plan has been ill-considered and, again, poorly communicated.

‘I have made these points to both the CEO of CalMac and to Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.’