Full steam ahead on ferry petition

Councillor Donald Kelly.
Councillor Donald Kelly.

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A petition calling for an all-year-round freight and passenger ferry service between Campbeltown and Ardrossan will go live this week.

And Argyll First Councillors Donald Kelly and Douglas Philand are urging the public to get on board.

The document was submitted to the Scottish Parliament following on-going disruption, and the associated 10-year timescale for a permanent solution, at the Rest and Be Thankful on the A83 and members of the public will have the chance to comment when the paper goes online.

Councillor Kelly said: ‘This petition is non-political  and we welcome the support for this service from anybody affected, no matter what their political persuasions are.

‘We have requested that the government think outside the box and to cast the net far and wide in terms of securing a suitable vessel.

‘The vessel  would require to have the capability  of carrying both freight and passengers coupled with a good timetable and have RET applied to the service .

‘If this service becomes a reality we would like to see it properly marketed and at least a five-year contracted being  awarded to the successful operator so that it can be properly  evaluated .

‘The petition will become live shortly and we again would encourage everyone to show their support for it. Not only will this provide a much-needed lifeline it has the potential to benefit the whole of the Argyll and Bute area and beyond.’