Comment posted Economic development strategy for the west Highlands by ferryman.
Newsroom: “making the A83 a secure access to Argyll and the Isles”. The A83 will not take you to any isle, you need a ferry.
Billions are being spent on the Forth road Bridge, you say another three billion is being spent on the A9 but what is happening on ferries?
Comparatively paltry sums of money would revitalise the whole scottish Ferry fleet but as you said “There is no economic strategy whatsover for the development of the west” because, as you said “The current government has prioritised the east coast, with newly won constituencies in the major east coast cities to consider”.
Ferry routes are the equivalent of motorways. Building wind turbine towers in Campbeltown currently makes little sense, do they have coal, steel, good transport links – no. With good sea transport maybe it would make sense.
As for a bridge to Kerrera surely your mind is not closed to the possibilty of a tunnel which are so loved by our MSP and RW?
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- If you read one of my earlier posts I said I would be delighted if a tunnel was put in. However I am a realist not a fantasist. The did not manage to put in a simple reliable passenger ferry.
Our MSP’s vision was of trains going under the sea to Ireland. Cloud cuckoo land. Either he was trying to divert attention or he was writing his blog late at night when perhaps its best not to write blogs.
- The practicality of building tunnels will depend on the water depth and the type of rock. Are there not fault lines around here?
These are major construction projects, the £3m/km quoted seems way, way to low.
The Norwegian tunnels have a payback period of 15 years, paid by tolls. The public pay 40% and the government pays the remaining 60%. The amount the public have to pay per crossing is roughly 20% ABOVE the ferry price.
So big investment, high costs, long time periods – but you end up with important infrastructure.
Our politicians and civil servants are just not up to the job. Mike Russell MSP just floated the idea to distract attention from his problems with the Dunoon Ferry and the A83.
Info on tunnels:
- So is Mike Russell putting a tunnel under the Firth of Clyde forward then as Government policy? It was his idea and he is a Cabinet Minister, when can we expect an announcement, what is the target date for the opening ceremony – a tunnel would be beyond my wildest dreams, or is that what it is a daydream.
- RW: The SNP government did not invest what £20M for the two vehicle ferries they promised for the Dunoon Gourock route, they then failed dismally to implement a passenger service.
If the government will not invest that amount then it is not being closed minded to understand they are not going to spend billions on a tunnel. To think otherwise is just a fantasy. Has our MSP Mike Russel got any further with his vision, when do you expect he will?
- RW our politicians and civil servants are not capable of introducing a passenger ferry service. Once they demonstrate some ability with small projects they might be fit to do something bigger, personally I am not going to hold my breath so I have no interest in extremely expensive bridges and tunnels.
Recent comments by ferryman
- 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.
- New Campbeltown ferry pilot – a whale beached before it starts
They did not refuse to give car/ferry passenger service to Dunoon – they took it away!
They went back on a maniefesto committment to provide new vehicle ferries and then to cap it all they made an incompetent botch by putting in a totally and uttery unreliable passenger only service.
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