Road Equivalent Tarriff
Posted: Thursday, 21 February 2008
My maths is rubbish, but the formula suggests a price of £18.80 for Uig-Tarbert instead of £40. And all those people who leave their cars at Uig and cross on foot might be tempted to bring the car across, spend longer on the islands, and spend more money. Could be just the tonic the islands need.
Malkie from Glasgow
Apparently, it'll be great for the runs like Ullapool/Sy and Uig/Tarbert... but for those going on Barra/ Oban, it will be more expensive than what they are already paying apparently. The passenger rates go down, but the vehicle charge goes up! (it's an 88 mile trip, which is why they aren't testing it in Shetland as it's even further out). It's a bit of a sore point with the Barrachs, understandably. The RET won't come into effect until after the tourist season is well and truly over - that is October! So don't expect to hear anything regarding Sunday ferries until then either. :-(
Heb Life from Lewis