‘Deafening silence!’ SNP under heat over Isle of Arran ‘fiasco’

‘Deafening silence!’ SNP under heat over Isle of Arran ‘fiasco’

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NICOLA STURGEON'S SNP is facing criticism as the ferry debacle continues.

‘Deafening silence!’ SNP under heat over Isle of Arran ‘fiasco’

‘Deafening silence!’ SNP under heat over Isle of Arran ‘fiasco’

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NICOLA STURGEON’S SNP is facing criticism as the ferry debacle continues.

CalMac’s managing director warned on Saturday that Scotland’s west coast ferry network is facing serious issues due to an aging fleet. The situation has deteriorated to the point that essential services must be prioritized for people on the Isle of Arran.

The shambles led Scottish Conservative MSP Jamie Greene to comment in a tweet: “In the latest development of the Arran #ferryfiasco confirmation that it won’t be back in service until at least May 3rd!”

“The replacement has much less capacity and is ‘turn up and hope’ for cars, with food deliveries being prioritized”.

“The silence from the local SNP is deafening”.

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Gavin Fulton, of the Arran Ferry Action Group, said the disruption is putting the lives of individuals who rely on the service in jeopardy.

He said: “As of yesterday lunchtime, out of six petrol stations, only one had petrol. Pubs have been running out of beer.”

“More importantly, tourism, which is the lifeblood of Arran’s economy – tourists can’t get a booking on the boat.”

“They don’t know whether they turn up at Ardrossan to be able to get to Arran, and if they do get to Arran, they don’t know if they’ll get back.”

According to him, the challenges are not new to Arran, dating back to the coronavirus pandemic and the conflict over the construction of ferries in Port Glasgow.

He added, however, that more individuals are considering leaving the island, stating that the situation is “intolerable” for those with major health concerns who must travel frequently for hospital appointments.

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Mr. Fulton encouraged the Scottish Government to increase the number of vessels on the CalMac network.

Mr. Drummond apologized to customers and stated that the corporation is doing “absolutely everything” to mitigate the impact on island residents.

He said: “I appreciate it’s an extremely difficult time for the Isle of Arran, and I apologize again for all of the disruption.”

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