Highlands & Islands

Lochboisdale-Mallaig ferry survey launched

View from Calmac ferry
Image caption The ferry currently sails from Oban to Lochboisdale in South Uist

An online survey has been launched to gather views on reintroducing a ferry service between Lochboisdale in South Uist and Mallaig on the mainland.

The route, axed in the 1990s, would involve a shorter crossing than is offered on the current Lochboisdale to Oban sailing.

The Missing Link Campaign Group and the Hebrides Range Task Force have jointly commissioned the survey.

The task force involves local authority Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

It was set up in 2009 to fight threatened job cuts at military rocket test facilities on the Western Isles.

Comments gathered in the survey will be submitted to the Scottish government's ferry review consultation.

Task force chairman Angus Campbell said: "The Ferries Review was designed to ensure that island communities get the ferry service they need.

"This survey offers a final opportunity for the community of the Uists to demonstrate its support for a fit for purpose ferry service, before the Ferries Review is finalised."

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