New funding for ferry companies

Islands minister Paul Wheelhouse. Picture by Chris Watt. info@chriswatt.com

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More than £140,000 is being made available by the Scottish Government to improve accessibility on ferries and harbours.

The sixth round of the Ferries Accessibility Fund is open for applications and looks to make improvements for ferry operators looking to go beyond regulatory standards for accessibility.

The awards are made on a match funding basis and applications can come from both the public and private sectors.

Paul Wheelhouse, minister for energy, connectivity and the islands, said: ‘The Ferries Accessibility Fund has been a huge success in recent years so I am very pleased to open it to applications for a sixth time.

‘Previous awards from the fund have covered a wide range of upgrades, from adapting ships and harbours to make it easier and safer for people with reduced mobility, to train staff in disability awareness and the welcome installation of Changing Places toilets.

‘Scotland’s ferry services should be open and accessible to everyone and we want ferry and harbour operators to provide the best passenger experience possible.’