As the public heads for Lochboisdale for today's (Sunday June 4) ferry protest, the Ferry Communities Board has called for an urgent rethink of vessel deployment.
The Ferries Community Board have written to Transport Minister Kevin Stewart, warning of the “serious situation” communities are being placed in due to the ongoing ferry service failures.
Yesterday (Saturday, June 3), the board told the Scottish Government minister: “There is an urgent need to re-examine how remaining assets can best be used to support lifeline services when we have high levels of failure over prolonged periods of time.
“Communities are suffering real social and economic damage creating deep felt anxiety as to where next for our services and our islands.”
The letter followed Comhairle nan Eilean’s Siar submission of an alternative timetable that would avoid Lochboisdale being left without a service for almost a month.
Meanwhile, judging by the messages of support received, today’s 2 pm ferry protest will likely be well supported.