Alasdair Allan MSP has warmly welcomed the announcement that Calmac has been awarded preferred bidder status for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services contract.
The next contract will run from 1st October 2016 for a duration of up to eight years. The Scottish Government will provide £900 million of support to these lifeline services and continue the application of Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) across the network.
Alasdair Allan commented: “I am absolutely delighted that CalMac has been awarded preferred bidder status for the contract to serve these islands. The clear preference of island communities was for Calmac to retain the contract and that is something I and many others conveyed to the government.
“While none of us would have volunteered for this process to happen, it was vital that the Scottish Government complied with the law in order to safeguard the recover levels of investment that have been put into our ferry services.
“It is encouraging to see that a company with such a long record if serving the islands as CalMac has been able to make a robust bid and that the services will remain under public control.
“I believe the new contract will lead to further improvements in the ferry services that are so crucial to the economy and quality of life on these islands and I look forward to working with CalMac in the months and years ahead.”