Comment posted Job losses of established staff follow SPT’s change of operator of Kilcreggan Ferry by Robert Wakeham.
Surely telling porkies to win a contract would only stack up if the contract administrator was porky-tolerant, so it’ll be interesting to see how SPT handle this.
Robert Wakeham also commented
- Ideally it should be the end of the SPT era, with the future of Clyde passenger ferries entrusted to those with the vision to see the long term value in fostering a useful, reliable system – and the competence, integrity and determination to see their function as not just feathering their own nests while the services steadily decay through official neglect – Scotland’s not in the third world, is it?.
- If SPT were up to speed ferry passengers would buy their train ticket on the ferry, or even be able to buy a combined ferry+train ticket, and there would be no nonsense about having to traipse down to the station ticket office and then back to the train. Train+ferry and train+bus tickets are commonplace in the civilised world, so what world does SPT inhabit?
- Which leaves an outside observer wondering whether politicians at both central and local government level mught have been placing far to much faith in SPT. Easy to say with hindsight, but then I think there were warning signs when some senior officials were brought to book for being more interested in what SPT could do for them than what it was doing for public transport. And the Holyrood government stripped SPT of control of the Strathclyde region suburban train system – that wasn’t just down to party political hubris, was it?
- It’s as if the authorities are turning their backs on this area and hoping it’ll just disappear. There’s a chance for the government to take the lead, for Alex & co to realise that there’s more to building a country than cultivating the fat cats of dubious integrity and realise that they have a duty of constructive care for communities that seem to be subject to destructive neglect. Just what have SPT and Argyll & Bute Council done to foster links between communities on the lower Clyde that grew up around efficient, integrated ferry links that are being allowed to wither away and die in the face of the motor car? The cost of driving is going nowhere but up, and if ever there was a time for realising that these places need robust and affordable ferry links if they’re to prosper, it’s now. Alex, forget the Trumps and Murdochs as role models and remember what Robert Burns had to say about the real people, because they’re who you’re ultimately accountable to.
- The ambience of Gourock station is that of some East European sink town around the time communism collapsed.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
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JB – the ‘terrible inbred mentality’ is surely to some extent an understandable aversion to any whiff of the old tradition of ‘forelock touching’ – although it’s most unfortunate that this reaction should have eventually spawned some of the spectacularly rotten and greedy supposedly left wing local politicians of the Central Belt.
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Isn’t there another issue here? – the fragmented and sometimes chaotic ownership and management of the port facilities that are (or should be) an integral part of a ferry system that in reality ‘fills in the gaps’ in the national road network?
When the passenger access link at Craignure is in the tender care of the local council, and the shore staff at Rothesay are employees of the same council rather than of the government ferry system, there’s something far wrong,
- Today’s travel updates
Good old Calmac and their ‘technical reasons’ – it’s the 21st century, for goodness sake, tell us the facts.
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It sounds as if Uig is going to be a busy place – let’s hope that it can cope with the extra traffic, including Clipper Ranger, without getting clogged.
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Speaking for myself, there’s no problem in polite dialogue with intelligent, reasonably polite commentators – but those who enjoy throwing personal insults deserve to get them back, with interest.
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