Welcoming the news that the Campbeltown to Ardrossan pilot ferry service which has operated for the last 3 years in the summer is to be made permanent, SNP Argyll and Bute constituency MSP Michael Russell said:
“I am delighted that Derek Mackay has announced such an excellent Christmas present for the people of Kintyre. This was, when launched in 2013, the first new Scottish ferry route in more than two decades and its success has led to the very welcome decision today, to make it permanent.”
“The enthusiasm of the Campbeltown community and the hard work of local representatives, especially Councillor John Armour and Councillor Anne Horn, have made all the difference. I am sure the community will now want to discuss with Transport Scotland the details of future timetables in order that the service maximises the visitor potential for Kintyre”
Argyll and Bute SNP MP Brendan O’Hara adds:
“I’m absolutely delighted that the Scottish Government have delivered this much needed ferry service to Campbeltown. It really is great news and this new regular scheduled ferry service will be a major economic boost in supporting existing businesses, encouraging new enterprises and in bringing even more visitors to the Mull of Kintyre.
My congratulations must go to the Campbeltown Ferry Group for the way they presented their case to the government and to the whole community for the way they have supported this campaign.”
Councillor for South Kintyre, John Armour concluded:
“This a great and welcome Christmas present for the people of Kintyre. I will work with others in the area to market this service. I’d like to pay tribute to the Scottish Government for going ahead with this service which would not have gotten off the ground without the work of ex councillor John Semple, for that I thank him and Mike Russell MSP for their support.”