Date lodged: 21 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with Orkney Islands Council regarding the future procurement of car and passenger carrying ferries on inter-island routes.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 12 July 2018
The Working Group for Orkney Islands Council and Shetland Islands Council internal ferry services meets monthly, most recently on 21 June 2018. The Working Group consists of key stakeholders including both Councils, Transport Scotland, Regional Transport Partnerships and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.
Discussions include the future of inter-island ferry services. Strategic Business Cases were jointly commissioned and published on the Council websites in late 2016. Discussions are taking place around future support for Orkney’s inter-island ferry routes.