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.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
- West Argyll’s forest trails to re-open by Christmas
There’s one Knapdale trail that doesn’t seem to be recognised by the Forestry Commission – the historic route from Dunardry (Cairnbaan) over the hills to Barnagad and Kilmichael of Inverlussa (Achnamara) – this was the old trail to Castle Sween and the settlement of Kilmory Knap, and was protected when the Forestry Commission planted Knapdale, but has been suffering from uncleared windblow for more than a year now.
The historic nature of this route, the care that was taken to keep it clear when the forest was planted (except where a parallel forest road on an easier route was built at the east end) and the fact that it would appear to be a right of way makes the inability to clear around half a dozen trees (maybe more now) difficult to understand.
Obviously it’s not a forestry haul road, but the fallen trees now blocking it will eventually render an attractive part of our heritage lost.
I’m really surprised that FC Scotland doesn’t seem to care about this, as they safeguard their own roads, the walking trails they’ve developed, and – increasingly – the archaeological sites that were originally planted over.
- SRSN Chair raises issue of Argyll evidence with Holyrood Education Committee
There’s a really serious problem for the whole country – not just Argyll & Bute – if Audit Scotland is sweeping such gross maladministration ‘under the tartan carpet’.
- Mandela an exemplar for redemptive spiritual largeness
It’s developed into a Sunni/Shia conflict, Karl, but it didn’t start that way – and the underlying motivation of Bashar & co is surely exactly the same as that of the white regime in South Africa – a no-holds barred fight to retain their power & privilege.
- Tavish Scott attacks Scottish Government on unconsulted fare hike on Serco Northlink ferries
No need to get antsy, it obviously doesn’t matter which country, does it? – the tax revenue goes, via both the Shetlands council and the UK treasury, to the benefit of both the Shetlands and the rest of the UK, or if Scotland becomes independent, presumably just to the benefit of Scotland.
Now that’s been clarified, perhaps you’d like to give your opinion on my question of whether the Shetlands’ revenue-raising function would justify keeping the ferry fares from escalating. I think it does – and the same argument could be applied to Islay, though it’s not as remote.
- Mandela an exemplar for redemptive spiritual largeness
Yes, Karl, his policy of peaceful protest eventually rattled the authorities to such a degree that the Sharpeville massacre tipped the balance, Mandela reluctantly decided that violence was the only option left, this eventually led to his final trial, and imprisonment, and I’m sure you know the rest – I don’t know about equality, but it brought democracy – and, hopefully, the potential for equality.
At least it’s a more hopeful story than Syria, where peaceful protest immediately led to a degree of sustained government savagery that rapidly sucked in the religious nutters from outside the country, who’ve been matching the government’s atrocities and polarised the fight into a catalogue of horrors.
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