Comment posted Research reveals shock insights into reality of Dunoon ferry service provision by Robert Wakeham.
So, Ferryman, given this little treatise on the sometimes severe effects of consecutive ferry cancellations due to bad weather, why on earth do you rubbish anyone who raises the question of a tunnel?
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- ‘Trigger’ – I’ve no idea what deal there is between WF & McGill’s, but I dislike the lack of transparency on commercial vehicle pricing. You could try asking them. With regard to your point about concessionary fares, I get the impression that the government makes up the difference so I don’t think any of these are ‘loss leaders’ to McGill’s in the same way that any special offers would be. I do wonder if there’s a marine safety issue if bus passengers – maybe elderly or disabled – remain in the bus for the ferry journey, but this happens on other short ferry routes as well.
- I’d heard about the station being improved at considerable expense, and this was one reason I wondered at the apparent uselessness of SPTE in coordinating passenger transport in the region – until someone explained that while they were responsible for the Gourock – Kilcreggan passenger ferry the trains had been ‘confiscated’ by Holyrood, and they had no say in the Dunoon ferry. So it looks as if Gourock is a lesson in transport mismanagement on the grand scale. If this is the best that a government aspiring to independence can do, it had better watch its back.
- It raises all sorts of questions – such as have the streakers been sold yet? – but maybe, given this sudden command, people are waiting for more detail. I can see that it’s an attempt to allay the safety concerns, and maybe the private monopoly issue, but from my point of view it perpetuates the poor treatment of foot passengers at Gourock unless there’s a radical relocation of the station platform. That, and the provision of decent boats, would cost real money. I won’t mention passenger boarding arrangements because it makes Ferryman ‘tired & emotional’.
- Neil: The comments on your website on the difference between an accountant and an economist analysing the cost / benefit implications of a transport system make me wonder if the Rest & Be Thankful landslide disruptions have been thoroughly assessed in terms of the real costs to the road users? Any comments would I’m sure be widely appreciated.
- DunoonLad: Don’t tell anyone (especially ferryman, for the good of his health) but I worked out a plan to extend the Glasgow – Gourock line via Dunoon, Rothesay and Tignabruaich to Lochgilphead. Not cheap, admittedly, but a good job-creation scheme in hard times, and it would work wonders for connectivity, reducing journey times and providing a secure alternative mode of travel in the event of storms, floods and landslides. Perhaps surprisingly, the most expensive stretch to construct would likely be the stretch up the coast from Millhouse to Otter Ferry, through difficult terrain, rather than the undersea tunnels between Gourock and Tighnabruaich.
My inspiration was Iain Banks’ detailed evocation of a more connected Argyll in ‘The Crow Road’. I bet this’ll get the thumbs down from you-know-who.
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The sixteen former leaders of the Greek armed forces must surely be aware that – if they did take over – the national purse is empty, so they’d be in deep doo-dah unless they’ve had assurances from some quarter to bail them out.
America? a bit unlikely, with Obama running the show – and even if right wing republicans were calling the shots the US experience with the Colonels of the last Greek junta, with the fascist dictatorship in Chile, and various atrocious central American regimes, should deter them.
Russia? maybe, but not exactly the natural bedfellows of the Greek military. Maybe even China – who’ve propped up Sri Lanka and are in expansionist mode – can’t be ruled out, but maybe the sixteen former leaders of the Greek armed forces are mindful of the civil war that followed WW2, when the Greeks nearly tore themselves apart (with help from the global cold war protagonists) – and while the strongly left wing Syriza is the party of government, the thuggish extreme right wing Golden Dawn and their pals haven’t gone away.
It might be ‘Don’t cry for me, Greece’ rather than Argentina – and the Europeans will have just as much to answer for as the historically corrupt elements of Greek society.
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Machmaolain would benefit from a sojourn in Greece to understand just what being the meat in an infernal European fiscal sandwich is really like.
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