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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00412: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 1 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what efforts it is making to ensure interconnectivity of public transport timetables with lifeline island ferry services.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 14 June 2016

Under the current public service contract with Scottish Ministers, CalMac have an obligation to achieve integrated timetables, facilitate integrated services, participate in marketing initiatives and promote linkages between ferry services and other modes of public transport in the Clyde and Hebrides. As part of that Transport Scotland officials regularly meet with CalMac to discuss operational matters in connection to the services they provide.

In developing ferry timetables, CalMac work with local stakeholders and operators of various transport modes to ensure that the best possible connectivity is achieved across the entire Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services network. The integration of ferry services to other modes of public transport is regularly reviewed and, where possible, improved.

In the next Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services contract, due to commence 1 October 2016, there is a strong focus on integrated transport. The Scottish Government will ensure that CalMac does everything possible to provide an integrated transport system. The introduction of smart and integrated ticketing systems, as part of that new contract, will further improve connectivity between ferry services and other forms of public transport.

Serco Northlink Ferries also have regular engagement with bus and rail operators regarding connectivity for services to the Northern Isles.