Local News for Wednesday 18th May 2016

Skye fatality – witnesses sought
Police are asking for public help after a 24-year-old woman died in a road traffic collision on the Isle of Skye. The accident happened at about 10.10am on the morning of Friday 13th May, on the A87 just north of Broadford. Sadly, the woman died at the scene. At the family’s request, her identity will not be released by Police Scotland. Police are appealing to anyone who saw the vehicle, a red Ford Fiesta, in the area around 10am on Friday to make contact via 101 if they haven’t already done so.

Stornoway Ullapool passengers trial new bookings
Passengers on CalMac’s Ullapool to Stornoway route will be the first to test a new  ticketing system, with the pilot beginning next week and expected to last four weeks. CalMac says that during this period passenger feedback will be warmly received and they also ask for passenger patience if there are teething problems. Foot passengers will be able to book their ticket online, and all passengers will be issued with an e-ticket and boarding card at point of booking – much like many airlines. These can then be printed out at home. The trial’s been welcomed by Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil, who said: “I have been calling for the introduction of e-ticketing on ferry services for some time and I am delighted that CalMac are carrying out a pilot project locally with a view to rolling this out across the network. In this digital age, we expect to be able to make travel arrangements online as can be done for air, train and bus services. It is a very welcome development which will hopefully improve the journey experience for passengers and reduce the overall journey time.” A feedback email address will be available from Friday May 20th at www.calmac.co.uk/ticketing-trial
Bus review for Uists
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has agreed to conduct an urgent review of bus timetable arrangements in the Uists, after a new timetable which came into effect earlier this year caused major issues for many. The review’s been wlecomed by recently re-elected islands MSP Alasdair Allan, who said: “Whilst canvassing in Uist during the election campaign it was very obvious that there were significant levels of frustration within those communities about the new bus timetable and I raised this with the Comhairle. I am pleased to see the Comhairle have quickly committed to a substantial review of the alterations . At the moment the shortcomings in the service in Uist are having a profound impact on many people travelling to their place of employment, education, doctor or after-school activity. I would urge constituents who have been affected by the change in services to engage with, and make their views known to, their respective community councils.”