Date lodged: 13 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of Northern Isles transport connectivity.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 21 June 2018
Transport Scotland commissioned a comprehensive transport appraisal, in line with the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance, which involved exploring and assessing the specification of the next Northern Isles Ferry Services contract. The report was published on 25 April 2018.
Transport Scotland, in partnership with key stakeholders, jointly commissioned Inter-Island Transport Studies for Orkney and Shetland. The studies undertook a STAG appraisal across the Councils’ internal air and ferry networks and reports were published in late 2016.
I assigned Highlands and Islands Airports Limited the task of considering what air services in the Highlands and Islands could and should look like in the future. HIAL will shortly carry out a consultation seeking views on what their strategy should look like over the coming period.