Comment posted Research reveals shock insights into reality of Dunoon ferry service provision by puffer.
Yes, a very dubious interpretation. Ferries today demonstrate exactly the need for capacity. With the rest closed and even with the extra sailings the queues are taking a while to.shift. For Argylls take on this would, if applied to buses condem most of the services in Argyll. Compare some of those subsidies with the ferries and its no wonder the Council is skint, but no one would argue for a reduction in those srvices and yas some routes have been subsidised by more than £35 per journey.
There is also the question of the vehicle service. Inverclyde is desperate to reduce the traffic on Kempoch St. Its got even worse since Western got the monopoly on vehicles. so this has a negative impact both sides of the Clyde.
If it wasnt for the Cowal ferries Argyll would be consideribly quieter today. So dont underestimate their economic importance.
puffer also commented
- What isnt made clear is what is WFs capacity for vehicles? As far as my experience goes most sailings are fairly full, when demand requires it they put on extra sailings, like today. And that is why they are investing in two larger boats, its for the lucrative vehicle carrying operation.
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- MCA serves Argyll Ferries with improvement notice
I think this article completely misses the point. The MCA has deemed that it is not safe to run this ferry withiut a liferaft or rescue boat other than in favouable weather conditions There for it has been running outwith its licence when in bad weather. Management chose not to tell the skippers about the restriction and instructed them to record the forcast rather than the actual weather conditions. If the boat stuck to its restrictions there would have been lots more cancellations which would have been bad for perfomance figures. This is not about politics this is about public.safety. If there was a serious incident and god forbid llives lost this webite would be kicking up a stink. The fact that Mike Russell and Sandy Ferguson have exposed this before anything happened should be applauded,
my wfe and kids have travelled on this regularly and sometimes in really rough weather. I am raging that their lives have been put at risk and that the company wouldnt have been insured. uncomfotable versus unsafe? Ithink i will let the MCA decide, not For Argyll who has no expertise on the matter. This is a very poorly researched article The Chief of Cal Mac should get his jotters.
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