Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has put the various issues around the Dunoon to Gourock ferry service front and centre of a speech to Parliament today (06/11/2019).

The speech was given during a Scottish Conservative party business session in the Scottish Parliament on the ‘Resilience of Scotland's Ferry Network’.

The motion to the chamber highlights that since 2007, there has been over 82,000 delays and cancellations across the Clyde and Hebridean Ferry Service network, with recent statistics showing that there have been 995 cancelled sailings on the Dunoon to Gourock service between January and September this year.

It accounts for more than a quarter of all of Calmac’s cancelled sailings so far.

Mr Cameron also raised the recent problems concerning the Gourock linkspan, and the knock on effects it has caused for other routes.

In this speech to the chamber, Donald Cameron MSP said:

“One of the issues that has dominated my postbag since my election is the Dunoon to Gourock ferry service.

Many are unhappy that the same unreliable vessels are still being used to this day.

And despite it being the newest service on Calmac’s books, it is the single worst performing service.”

Following the debate, Donald Cameron MSP said:

“Residents across the Cowal Peninsula continue to raise this issue with me, and I will continue to highlight this anger to the Scottish Government.

The time for action is now, and I will work constructively with the Scottish Government to ensure residents get the reliable and robust service that everyone wants.”