Date lodged: 20 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what annual savings Serco NorthLink has made from reduced sailings on the Northern Isles Ferry Services contract since July 2012.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 26 July 2018
In specifying the tender for the 2012-18 Northern Isles ferry services contract, bidders were invited to make their own analysis of demand for the services and propose timetables accordingly. Following consultation with Transport Scotland, Serco NorthLink subsequently introduced a set of timetables better shaped to fit seasonal demand.
Any cost savings as a result of the revised timetables were reflected in the total bid price for providing the Northern Isles Ferry Service and cannot be split out annually.