Comment posted Job losses of established staff follow SPT’s change of operator of Kilcreggan Ferry by Robert Wakeham.
Which leaves an outside observer wondering whether politicians at both central and local government level mught have been placing far to much faith in SPT. Easy to say with hindsight, but then I think there were warning signs when some senior officials were brought to book for being more interested in what SPT could do for them than what it was doing for public transport. And the Holyrood government stripped SPT of control of the Strathclyde region suburban train system – that wasn’t just down to party political hubris, was it?
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- Ideally it should be the end of the SPT era, with the future of Clyde passenger ferries entrusted to those with the vision to see the long term value in fostering a useful, reliable system – and the competence, integrity and determination to see their function as not just feathering their own nests while the services steadily decay through official neglect – Scotland’s not in the third world, is it?.
- If SPT were up to speed ferry passengers would buy their train ticket on the ferry, or even be able to buy a combined ferry+train ticket, and there would be no nonsense about having to traipse down to the station ticket office and then back to the train. Train+ferry and train+bus tickets are commonplace in the civilised world, so what world does SPT inhabit?
- Surely telling porkies to win a contract would only stack up if the contract administrator was porky-tolerant, so it’ll be interesting to see how SPT handle this.
- It’s as if the authorities are turning their backs on this area and hoping it’ll just disappear. There’s a chance for the government to take the lead, for Alex & co to realise that there’s more to building a country than cultivating the fat cats of dubious integrity and realise that they have a duty of constructive care for communities that seem to be subject to destructive neglect. Just what have SPT and Argyll & Bute Council done to foster links between communities on the lower Clyde that grew up around efficient, integrated ferry links that are being allowed to wither away and die in the face of the motor car? The cost of driving is going nowhere but up, and if ever there was a time for realising that these places need robust and affordable ferry links if they’re to prosper, it’s now. Alex, forget the Trumps and Murdochs as role models and remember what Robert Burns had to say about the real people, because they’re who you’re ultimately accountable to.
- The ambience of Gourock station is that of some East European sink town around the time communism collapsed.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
- Storm tally and situation review
How about leaving the ‘perspective’ for 24 hours until the other consequences – well beyond Tiree – become apparent?
- The Castle Toward affair: more puzzles
This might give ‘multitasking’ a whole new meaning, in the same way that the council meetings seem to benefit from a novel application of the ‘just in time’ production philosophy to the ‘delivery’ of information to councillors just before they’re required to reach a decision.
Probably also linked to the ‘need to know’ principle of keeping as many people as possible ‘in the dark’ for as long as possible, in the interests of efficient, smooth and hassle-free administration.
And let’s not forget the notion of ‘corporate responsibility’ – swim together, sink together?
- Storm tally and situation review
Just now the BBC Travel news website shows the Rest as reopened, but shows the A82 closed both north of Tarbet and to the south, at Arden. It also shows the A83 closed near Kennacraig.
The Traffic Scotland website, on the other hand, only mentions the A82 closure north of Tarbet, and for spells of no more than 15 minutes.
There seems to be room for improving the information, and maybe even increasing the computers’ vocabularies to overcome their propensity for occasionally spouting nonsense.
- Transport Scotland warns travellers to prepare for strong winds tonight and tomorrow morning
There’s a link on the STV website – no West Highland services, or to the north of Inverness, and not many even in the Central Belt. I can’t remember the last time a bad weather forecast led to such widespread planned shut down.
- Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service explains investigation process for Clutha helicopter
The Glasgow Herald now reports that – following the fatal crash of the same model of helicopter (an air ambulance) in Hungary – the European aviation safety watchdog was told three years ago to recommend that all twin-engined helicopters used by emergency services be fitted with black-box recorders.
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