Date lodged: 23 August 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it will take account of the impact of any increase in (a) passenger and (b) vehicle numbers arising from the planned lower fares from 2018 when planning future ferry service contracts for routes between the Scottish mainland and (i) Shetland and (ii) Orkney.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 12 September 2017
Scottish Ministers & Transport Scotland commissioned Peter Brett Associates to undertake a comprehensive transport appraisal, in line with the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG), which involved exploring and assessing the specification of both the next Northern Isles Ferry Services contract, as well as the new fares structure set to be introduced in the first half of 2018.
The study has now concluded. The report, which contains forecasts of the predicted impact of lower fares for passenger and vehicle numbers and on the different routes, will be published in the near future.