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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-21685: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 19 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how many (a) young, (b) older and (c) disabled people have travelled on (i) CalMac, (ii) Serco, (iii) Pentland Ferries, (iv) John O’Groats Ferries, (v) Shetland Ferries and (vi) Orkney Ferries in each year since 2008-09, also broken down by what grant payments the operator received each year for these passengers.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 4 March 2019

Information on recent and historic passenger carryings for CalMac Ferries Ltd, Serco NorthLink Ferries, Shetland Ferries and Orkney Ferries is published in the Scottish Government’s Scottish Transport Statistics publication. https://www.transport.gov.scot/publication/scottish-transport-statistics-no-36-2017-edition/

In addition, CalMac Ferries Ltd and Serco NorthLink Ferries publish passenger carryings on their respective websites.

It should be noted that it is not possible to apportion public subsidy paid to operator’s based on passengers’ age or disability.

Pentland Ferries and John O’Groats Ferries are privately owned and as such, the Scottish Government do not provide subsidy or hold any passenger carrying data.