Date lodged: 17 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the introduction of smart ticketing services for passengers on each route operated as part of the public contracts for (a) Clyde and Hebrides, (b) Gourock-Dunoon and (c) Northern Isles ferry services.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 31 January 2019
Current proposals for the introduction of smart ticketing, as outlined by CalMac in their tender bid for the Clyde and Hebrides ferry service contract, are currently under discussion with Transport Scotland. With the incorporation of the Gourock-Dunoon ferry service into the Clyde and Hebrides ferry service contract on 21 January 2019, smart ticketing on that route will now form part of CalMac’s proposals.
The current tender process for the Northern Isles ferry services requires bidders to make arrangements for the introduction of smart ticketing in the first two years of the next contract.