Comment posted A83 closed due to another landslide – now reopened by ferryman.
So you are obviously unaware, presumably through sheer ignorance, that we have had near-level access to the bathtubs on this route for the last year – without pontoons. You really don’t know what you are talking about do you?
I comment on the A83 and the A82 because they are a part of the transport network with which the Firth of Clyde ferries are closely associated. I use both the A83 and the A82 far more frequently than you use the ferries.
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- S.White wrote “maybe we will come to see the inconvenient stretches of water which separate us as potential highways” – absolutely.
Unfortunately we don’t invest in these highways.
Sea crossings are actually part of the experience for visitors. It is really enjoyable to stand on the deck of a ship and watch coast go by. It also makes much more sense to put HGVs carrying everything from timber to turbine towers on ships and keep them off the roads.
- I am all for people taking the ferry but visitors do get a shock when they find out the price.
We need real competition on the ferry route something we have never had. There was a big song and dance over tolls on the Skye bridge I really fail to see why a private monopoly ferry service on an important route is considered acceptable.
- You get nothing for free. The ferry users will pay for the ferries and the taxpayer will pay for the destruction of the Cowal economy.
- Wakeham you wrote “I didn’t realise that the Gourock vehicle ramp was being put to foot passenger use – it’s presumably a temporary measure”
Precisely! You have been prattling on for ages about services you don’t use and know nothing about. No it is not a temporary measure, that is what was specified in the tender.
The use of linkspans is of course superior to pontoons for embarking and disembarking because unlike pontoons they are not affected by wave motion or the wash from vessels and can be adjusted to accommodate for the vessel using the facility. In your earlier posts you showed your ignorance of the need for pontoon design to take into account the freeboard of the vessel using it.
- For £25M you could get three ferries for Dunoon.
A very modest amount.
You are a proponent of tunnels, how many billions would that cost, as much or more than the free to use Forth Bridge?
The whole Scottish ferry fleet only needs about £160M to bring it up to date. So yes it is extremely modest compared with what has been spent elsewhere.
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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