Rhoda Grant MSP has said she is pleased that CalMac has been consulting on the possibility of sailings between Lochboisdale and Oban being introduced in this year’s winter timetable with consultations also being held for the summer 2017 timetable.
Mrs Grant raised the matter with CalMac after having been approached by a number of constituents from Uist who wanted to see some sailings re-introduced on the route, primarily for the transportation of livestock.
Mrs Grant said: “The introduction of all year round sailings from Lochboisdale to Mallaig were long fought for and very welcome when they were introduced, as too were the increased sailings between Barra and Oban. This however had a knock on impact on the Lochboisdale to Oban route and left people very frustrated that what they had gained in the one hand was taken away from them in the other.
She continued: “I raised the matter with CalMac and I am pleased that they have listened to the views of many people in the community and are consulting on this issue. I very much hope this will lead to some services being re-introduced on the Lochboisdale to Oban route. Uist was beginning to become very inaccessible with flights being reduced and then losing this sailing. We need to reverse this and make the area as accessible as possible for the travelling public.”