Local News for Wednesday 15th August 2018
LABOUR PARTY CONCERNS ABOUT FERRY
The Labour Party in the Western Isles has called for an urgent statement from the Scottish Transport Minister on the crisis affecting Hebridean ferry routes.
The party’s prospective Parliamentary candidate, Alison MacCorquodale, said that last Wednesday’s breakdown of the ‘Loch Seaforth’ was “yet another warning sign that must not be ignored”.
She also called for full transparency on the terms of the SNP Government’s private finance deal which means that the ‘Loch Seaforth’ is owned by Lloyd’s Bank – the first ever CalMac ferry to be funded in this way. Ms MacCorquodale said: “It was this private funding model which drove the single ferry option for the Stornoway-Ullapool crossing against local wishes. Where does responsibility lie if the ‘Loch Seaforth’s’ problems recur or if she has to be withdrawn from service?