Comment posted Research reveals shock insights into reality of Dunoon ferry service provision by Grant MacDonald.
As a passenger, it would be a real pain to consider a bus from Western to the train – given the lack of parking at the Hunters Quay area.
It invokes the scenario where parking at Dunoon old ferry terminal, catching a bus to Western, catching the ferry, catching another bus, and catching a train or taxi to the hospital becomes possible.
Dangerous subject Newsroom. Do you also play with matches and open petrol cans? (grin)
Grant MacDonald also commented
- Ferryman, never ask someone about health issues. It provokes an answer!
Even the most basic immune system conditions such as coeliac disease (sounds dramatic, it ain’t) or diabetes opens the poor sucker so inflicted to harsh attack from germs with someone and their sniffy nose.
You get a bit paranoid after a while – or in my case, after experiencing the funny flu which hit Dunoon, then shingles, then a bone infection, then something gall bladder related. The idea of being trapped with a bus/ferry load of “Typhoid Mary’s” tends to lack any appeal and makes the 100 quid for being trapped in my car seem cheap.
Of course, there’s always the risible bit at the end when you arrive at a hospital full of sick people wanting to kill you. That’s a bit of a oddity which confounds.
The causeway thing is my own personal hobby horse. I visited Kilcreggan last year – by road – and was gobsmacked at how close Stone was. I’ve been used to darting across by boat but the penny only dropped following a journey which needed a van. Hence the short crossing suggestion from Ardentinny to Coulport.
The trip from Coulport over the hill to Helensburgh seemed the work of minutes and would rival the Gourock/Greenock/Port Glasgow misery in timescales if continuing to the airport or the city.
Oh, I really grudge my 100 quid. You have no idea how much I grudge it. But I grudge every penny as a default position, so perhaps explainable. (grin) Getting ill and having to visit Inverclyde Hospital daily can start to cost real money, especially when concerned family want to come along for the wild experience of seeing new faces and enjoy the experience of the WRVS shoppe.
The causeway bridge would tend to legislate against Western being too ambitious with pricing structures and thus, ensure a lack of windfall profit. And getting to the new Waitrose would be interesting in a sad way…
(wonder how long before one of the Simon persona’s gives me the first of six red arrows)
- My personal beef comes from the absolute incompetence of every single political party over the years.
As someone who uses the ferries rather more often than makes financial sense (over a hundred quid last week), it really grates at the inactivity of both our Holyrood ‘trough’ politicians and the Westminster ‘gravy train’ bloke.
The guy at Westminster should be playing the awkward card as this is a chance to repeatedly ask London to bail out an incompetent Scottish Govt who have allowed peoples lives at risk with toy boats. However, such a sensible manoeuvre to benefit his constituents seems to have escaped and he resorts to ‘I’ve found a bandwagon’ letters to the local paper.
In fact, I start to suspect politicians do not even use the ferry but instead, opt to employ the often seen, helicopters which arrive at our distant outcrop. This would also explain the lack of political will on the road network.
The harsh fact is, the area does not need two competing ferry services. The numbers given in the article make perfect sense.
Our area does need a sensible ferry service and a bodge solution involving bus services fails to appeal on several levels which I will not go into here.
My personal Gordium solution would be simple.
1. Approach Western and ask if they would be willing to move to the town. At no cost and no extra rating disadvantage.
2. Modify one of the linkspans to match Westerns docking requirement.
3. Enable a temporary bus service from McInroys Point to the station.
4. Modify the linkspan at Gourock to cope with Western.
5. Dismiss Argyll Ferries for incompetence.
6. Scrap all subsidies.
7. Modify the second linkspan at Dunoon for Western.
8. Build a causeway bridge from Ardentinny to Coulport. If the Royal Navy want a lifting section, let them pay for it. I like their subs but would prefer they were docked in Glasgow and Leith, powering the cities with cheap energy.
9. Item 8 above also stuffs any excessive pricing ambitions from Western in the longer term.
Ferry problems solved, along with the Rest and be Thankful issue along with silly windfarms.
Obviously, I choose to ignore who actually claims ownership of the existing facilities at both Dunoon and Gourock. However, with the suspicion WE THE CUSTOMERS actually own both facilities in final analysis, I would suspect a competent politician (misnomer?) could cut through any civil service nonsense.
So the big question is, do we have a competent politician?
Or have we elected yet another bunch of troughers?
- RW – thanks. Personal “duh” moment invoked.
Recent comments by Grant MacDonald
- An independent Scotland and the pound
Perhaps not entirely germane to the issue but worthy of a moments ponder regarding National Debt and the banking crisis. The recent report naming the culprits behind the Bank of Scotland disaster was interesting, especially if one views the CV of the folk involved. For some reason, every single one of them were from Halifax Building Society, tending to suggest the merger was actually a complete takeover as none of the senior management actually had bank experience!
Makes me wonder who the RBS bloke who’s been demonized was listening to?
- Struan Lodge closure proposal and costs confusion – have we not seen this before?
I notice Cowal Courier is run by an ex-News International employee. It makes me pause for thought for some reason but I do understand why Simon would cite it.
- Margaret Thatcher dies
In the history of FA, I’ve rarely read so much tripe from usually sensible posters. “Rules of Engagement” equates to please unload your weapons and replace the missiles with blue practice loads. It was a war and the object is to win. Nothing else counts. As soon as someone stops talking and starts shooting, there is only one aim. To win.
Secondly, had Maggie supported our coal industry in the 1980′s would it have survived against cheap imports which continue until this day?
The answer is obviously no.
Our steel industry was paramount and should have been defended. After all, it wasn’t the case cheaper steel was going to be available within 10 years. Except it was and by the time it happened, the UK steel industry was closed down with the people involved either re-skilled or in the trash bin as they would never have retrained.
The woman did a heck of a lot wrong but the big picture tends to suggest she’d only one thing in mind and that was our country’s future.
Importantly, she never once mentioned Wind Farms as part of that future which is the sort of rubbish people will eventually write.
But she did view the big picture which is something not a single politician seems capable of doing at present, resulting in record low voting numbers.
- Young Dunoon boy missing
Pity you didn’t notice the fact Newsroom had updated their piece 2 hours and 19 minutes before your latest input of spiteful drivel.
Slimey strikes again…
[Update 17,00:Found safe and well in Dunoon.]
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In fairness, the best I’ve managed was 46 minutes from the Airport. But it involved a quiet motorway and catching the last ferry by the skin of my teeth.
Once – a very long time ago – did Campbeltown in 2 hours from Glasgow in a sorted Lotus Elan. Dunno if that counts.
There’s a Christmas challenge to all those who post behind a non d’plume?
What land speed records can you NOT talk about?
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