Comment posted Dunoon ferry meeting revealed more than it knew by ferryman.
I was assuming a level playing field for price and timetable.
My journey is Dunoon Glasgow (I suspect most people head in the Glasgow direction). It is therefore a pain to have to drive the additional miles at both ends to get to and from Western. Might not seem like much but you do it twice a day and you will soon realise it makes a big difference. Those extra miles can also mean you miss a ferry and have to wait, again no fun.
There is nothing wrong with Western, but the CalMac route was certainly better.
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- Since there has been some talk about “Laws”: What are the rules/regulations/laws that apply for accountability in spending public funds.
Can the public claim compensation for the negligent way this service has been introduced?
- For Robert Wakeham:
“If Network Rail, or a developer of the existing station site, were to finance a new station at the Calmac terminal then a vehicle ferry would be an option; otherwise, it isn’t.”
There has been a vehicle ferry using the existing vehicle ramp for years. The SNP made a Manifesto commitment to provide a vehicle ferry. The people of Dunoon have made it very clear they want a vehicle ferry. However since you think the ramp is too far way lets just have a big passenger ferry instead so how are you going to get it?
I am a foot passenger now, all I want is a service that actually runs. What is the next step?
- At the meeting on 24/Nov a lot of adults in the hall put their hands up to say they had felt sick on the boat. I have heard an adult complaining of feeling unwell getting off the boat, and I am fairly sure a mother wrote to the local paper saying her children had actually been sick.
There were sizeable numbers of people putting their hands up to say that they personally had experienced the various negative aspect of the service. To his credit Mike Russell also put his hand up on one point.
I do sympathise with him to some extent that the problem is not of his making, but he needs to show his metal and leadership now and get a satisfactory result. The tenor of his response in hall was verging on saying he was powerless.
SG also need to recognise that things have gone badly wrong and they need to act decisively to rectify the situation.
- You said “I have checked with those who know these things and the commitment to PROVIDE a vehicle service for Dunoon was indeed a manifesto pledge of the SNP in 2007.”
Providing a service is not the same as subsidising it. Do you have a reference to the actual wording of the commitment?
- Wed 30/Nov about 12:00 Service Cancelled until further notice – says it all. Western of course continued to run.
Recent comments by ferryman
- Argyll Flyer in Ardmaleish boatyard
Will the current linkspan works be completed by Friday 21/June?
Working on the linkspan while the Argyll Flyer was having its recent scheduled maintenance would have made sense, but they did not do it.
Bring forward maintenance on the Argyll Flyer by a minimum of 6 months and more than likely 8-9 months seems odd.
Why are they not waiting till September to work on the Argyll Flyer. That is closer to when she is due her maintenance and I hear the Gourock linkspan will be out of action again then?
- Shetland Line remains in legal contention with Scottish Government on Northlink Ferries tender
Regarding the Dunoon Gourock ferry service one of the ‘needs and requirements’ the Scottish Government failed to specify was that the vessels employed could actually operate reliably in the weather on the Firth of Clyde.
How incompetent is that!
- Argyll Flyer spotted going into Ardmaleish yard on Bute this afternoon
The Ali Cat was having technical problems whilst the Argyll Flyer was being maintained recently, resulting in periods of no service.
Following its maintenance the Argyll Flyer was indeed continuing to suffer technical problems.
The linkspan at Gourock is now being serviced with the result that the Argyll ferries is, once again running a reduced service. This happened right through the Dunoon Film Festival.
It is beyond belief that the Argyll Flyer maintenance and the repairs to the linkspan should not have been planned to run concurrently and without clashing with the Film Festival.
- Scottish Government forced to intervene on loose-mouthed Russell gaffe in Campbeltown
JimB asked “why does Dunoon not set out to attract day trippers?”
Dunoon would make an excellent destination for people from Glasgow seeking both Day Tripper and Weekend Breaks.
Why don’t they come though?
Well they certainly won’t drive the long way round, it is too far. There are plenty of other attractive destinations that are closer to home.
A relatively short drive and the pleasant experience of a ferry crossing to the town ought to be attractive, but then we hit the price barrier – £44.50 for a young family of 4 in a car.
Why would people pay that premium to come to Dunoon when they can go elsewhere?
The passenger only service is unattractive because of its unreliability.
What Dunoon needs is a truly competing vehicle ferry services.
- Reminder: Argyll Ferries on ‘refit’ service schedule
The scottish Government has failed to deliver on the transferable ferry tickets it was going to setup. The bus scheme is a bodge that adds anything upto two hours to travel time.
Any news on what they are going to do for Cowal Games or are they just going to try another gamble on the weather.
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