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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I think you’re insulting Anne Baird.
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Good news – but it’s unthinkable that the council won’t recover its costs (in full, including existing and future legal costs) from the ‘developers’.
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More than an ‘interesting story’, richard, sounds to me like a cry from the heart – and fits in with my impression of Glasgow, in terms of the City Council – all fur coat and no knickers would be putting it ever so politely.
If you don’t believe me, next time you’re in town have a good look at the state of disrepair of the pavements, even in busy areas of the city centre (for example, Hope Street between Central Station and Sauchiehall Street, maladministered by Glasgow City highways Department.
Take a seat at one of the pavement cafes on the north side of Royal Exchange Square, and have a good look at the state of gross disrepair of the carved stonework on the cornices of the old Royal Exchange (now the Museum of Modern Art, maladministered by Glasgow Council Museums Department)
Walk from Buchanan Bus Station along Cathedral Street to the Royal Infirmary, and find your way repeatedly blocked by massive advertising panels like giant tombstones, set at right angles to the street bang in the middle of the pavement, where they cause the maximum obstruction (maladministered presumably by Glasgow City Highways Department, probably to someone’s enrichment)
I propose that these things are blown up, as a service to the common people. But the Glasgow city councillors would’t know about the common people, would they (outside election time)?
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I wonder if perhaps the tow parted, and Balder Viking is now just escorting – Wilson Gdynia is fishtailing, whereas the tug is on a straight course.
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Darliata? – get an education, H20.
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