Comment posted MCA serves Argyll Ferries with improvement notice by ferryman.
Er … they would be able to travel between Gourock and Dunoon? Is that not their main objective?
Can you point me towards any discussions that took place previously where the elderly and disabled were complaining about the difficulties getting between the streaker service and the train?
They certainly are complaining now. They are saying they are missing hospital appointments, they feel unsafe and even unable to travel on the bathtubs and they have even taken Alex Salmond to task on the issue on national radio.
ferryman also commented
- I travel regularly as both a vehicle and a foot passenger.
Loss of the Streaker service has made my travel both as a foot passenger and as a vehicle driver worse.
If the bathtubs don’t run I don’t care if there is a gold plated moving walkway in Gourock taking me direct from the boat to the train – it is of no use.
- I have no idea about Gourock I guess the taxpayer can fork out £2M there for pontoons so that Transport Scotland and CalMac can claim to have made “improvements”. The bathtubs still will not sail in what is normal weather for the Firth of Clyde though.
The current bathtubs cost £2M. Pontoons at Dunoon, which now clearly serve no purpose, would have cost £2M, pontoons at Gourock will also cost around £2M.
So those in power, for some obscure reason, seem happy to throw away £6M (plus how much per year in running costs) on a service that does not work rather than invest in seaworthy vessels providing a reliable service.
Where is the logic, where is the common sense, where is the acting in for the public good?
- There is a large sign saying the passenger service will run from the linkspan at the old pier for a week from 23/July.
This must surely torpedo any further nonsense about spending £2M to install pontoons in Dunoon.
The bathtubs will be able to come alongside much more easily to the old pier. It keeps the listed pier in use as a working pier, and passenger facilities are already in place.
What possible additional benefits would pontoons confer to justify spending £2M ?
- George you are making a very simple and straightforward point that Newsroom (aka soapbox) just has not grasped.
Most of the traffic going to and from McInroy’s point goes via Gourock. Most of the traffic going to and from Hunter’s Quay goes via Kirn.
For a lot of people the town centre route was better at both ends, it cut congestion and travel time and the cost was comparable.
- The current linkspans go up and down with the tide to match the boats, better than pontoons. Argyll Ferries contracted to use the linkspans, why should £3-4m be spent on pontoons?
Pontoons are not going to change the fact that the bathtubs cannot cope with the weather and Argyll Ferries are having to bend/ignore the rules to get even the current dismall performance.
you are also changing your position by admitting pontoons need to be designed for the size of boat and, since the “fine, clear, settled” weather Ali Cat is to be replaced, we don’t know what that will be.
Recent comments by ferryman
- Argyll Flyer in Ardmaleish boatyard
Will the current linkspan works be completed by Friday 21/June?
Working on the linkspan while the Argyll Flyer was having its recent scheduled maintenance would have made sense, but they did not do it.
Bring forward maintenance on the Argyll Flyer by a minimum of 6 months and more than likely 8-9 months seems odd.
Why are they not waiting till September to work on the Argyll Flyer. That is closer to when she is due her maintenance and I hear the Gourock linkspan will be out of action again then?
- Shetland Line remains in legal contention with Scottish Government on Northlink Ferries tender
Regarding the Dunoon Gourock ferry service one of the ‘needs and requirements’ the Scottish Government failed to specify was that the vessels employed could actually operate reliably in the weather on the Firth of Clyde.
How incompetent is that!
- Argyll Flyer spotted going into Ardmaleish yard on Bute this afternoon
The Ali Cat was having technical problems whilst the Argyll Flyer was being maintained recently, resulting in periods of no service.
Following its maintenance the Argyll Flyer was indeed continuing to suffer technical problems.
The linkspan at Gourock is now being serviced with the result that the Argyll ferries is, once again running a reduced service. This happened right through the Dunoon Film Festival.
It is beyond belief that the Argyll Flyer maintenance and the repairs to the linkspan should not have been planned to run concurrently and without clashing with the Film Festival.
- Scottish Government forced to intervene on loose-mouthed Russell gaffe in Campbeltown
JimB asked “why does Dunoon not set out to attract day trippers?”
Dunoon would make an excellent destination for people from Glasgow seeking both Day Tripper and Weekend Breaks.
Why don’t they come though?
Well they certainly won’t drive the long way round, it is too far. There are plenty of other attractive destinations that are closer to home.
A relatively short drive and the pleasant experience of a ferry crossing to the town ought to be attractive, but then we hit the price barrier – £44.50 for a young family of 4 in a car.
Why would people pay that premium to come to Dunoon when they can go elsewhere?
The passenger only service is unattractive because of its unreliability.
What Dunoon needs is a truly competing vehicle ferry services.
- Reminder: Argyll Ferries on ‘refit’ service schedule
The scottish Government has failed to deliver on the transferable ferry tickets it was going to setup. The bus scheme is a bodge that adds anything upto two hours to travel time.
Any news on what they are going to do for Cowal Games or are they just going to try another gamble on the weather.
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