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S5W-11608: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 28 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government when the outcome of the freight ferries review affecting Orkney and Shetland will be announced, in light of an email from Transport Scotland to a freight company dated 19 September 2017, which states that further information will be provided “later this summer”.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 16 October 2017

Significant progress has been made, however I need to undertake further exploration with my officials in relation to several specific aspects raised by the review. Accordingly, I am not yet in a position to make a firm announcement at this moment, but hope to do so once these aspects have been fully worked through and conclusions reached.

The review has proved to be complex and has raised a number of technical points that have to be addressed, and identified some existing anomalies within the current fares structure.

Following a commitment in the Ferries Plan 2013-2022, Transport Scotland, under guidance of a Working Group of key stakeholders, is currently conducting a comprehensive review of ferry freight fares.