Date lodged: 15 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with The Highland Council regarding future financial support for the Corran Ferry.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 22 December 2016
The Ferries Plan (2013 – 2022) indicated that the Scottish Government is willing to assume responsibility for all lifeline ferry services in Scotland, including those operated by local authorities. Any such transfer of responsibility would be subject to Transport Scotland and the relevant authority reaching mutual agreement on the terms of a transfer.
There was discussion in 2015 between The Highland Council and Transport Scotland regarding responsibility for the Corran Ferry. The Highland Council confirmed that they did not wish seek a transfer of responsibility at that time.
Transport Scotland remain open and willing to discuss a potential transfer of responsibility for the Corran Ferry with The Highland Council.