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Comment posted Research reveals shock insights into reality of Dunoon ferry service provision by DunoonLad.

So, if Newsroom is wrong, what does the contract and subsidy rules say exactly? A few “experts” are saying that nobody else knows the facts apart from them it seems. Why not let us all know the true facts then!

DunoonLad also commented

  • To ferryman – I didn’t realise that the contract would have been in the public domain – thought it would have been confidential. Yes, making comments like why don’t they use the old pier all the time – now you know for definate! Need to study document.
  • Thanks Jim – only 94 pages short! It mentions grants for ships, but think they have to be re
    -paid. Interesting read so far.
  • Simon, yes the news outlets to-day seem to thrive on stories that are usually just stories!
  • Robert, unfortunately a brand new rail station has recently been built, and this involves a very long walk for passengers using the linkspan at Gourock. The station should have been located at the Cal-Mac headquarters site, which was going to relocate to Oban some years ago, if I remember correctly. This would have provided a transport hub suitable for the 21st century. It seems that those in charge of transport at the moment have no joined up thinking regarding these vital connections.
  • There is a distinct lack of comments about the announcement that Alex Neil has told Argyll ferries to replace the Ali Cat with a vehicle ferry. Is this not the solution that so many people have demanded? Is there a catch to this news that has not been made public?

Recent comments by DunoonLad

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    At nearly £2 million for the building, I’m sure the locals could have suggested far better uses for that kind of money. Along with the multi-millions spent on installing a white elephant link span, this seems like a disastrous misuse of what is public money. One project that would surely come to mind, would be a bike centre to support the new cycle tracks on the hills above Dunoon, which have attracted large numbers at recent events. Surely support should be given to projects that are already progressing, rather than hoping for new ones, that may never start.
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