Ticket prices on hold to help ferry users during COVID-19 outbreak

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Fares are being temporarily frozen on the Clyde and Hebrides Ferries Services (CHFS) network to help island residents and businesses during the outbreak of coronavirus.

With CalMac currently operating a reduced timetable for essential travel only, the planned fare rise has been postponed to assist businesses and remote communities which rely on the lifeline services.

Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands Paul Wheelhouse said: ‘Supply chains to and from our island communities are vitally important, so we must continue to support them during this outbreak of coronavirus. With that in mind, I am freezing fares on the CHFS network until we are through this challenge.

‘This will ensure businesses and hauliers are not placed under any further financial pressure. It also means islanders who must travel for work or medical reasons do not face additional costs.

‘It remains the case that people need to avoid all but essential travel by ferry to and from Scotland’s remote and island communities, but this fare freeze will help those that have to make journeys at this difficult time.’