Highlands & Islands

Prof Neil Kay quits government's Expert Ferry Group

MV Glenachulish Image copyright Skye Ferry
Image caption The group was established to look at ferry-related issues in Scotland

A leading academic has resigned from a body set up last year to advise the Scottish government on Scotland's ferry services.

Government agency Transport Scotland said it was "very disappointed" by Prof Neil Kay's decision to leave the Expert Ferry Group (EFG).

It is believed that Prof Kay was unhappy that the group's discussions and advice were kept confidential.

Transport Scotland said the EFG's papers will now be made public.

A spokesman said: "We have been clear from the start of this process that all discussions and advice relating to the EFG would be confidential to allow the group to have frank and open discussions on the future of the ferries sector."

He said the group provided Scottish Ministers with considered advice about key ferries-related issues in Scotland, including strategic matters highlighted by local ferry users groups and committees.

The spokesman said: "Following feedback we have recently looked at the confidential nature of the group.

"Members of the expert group agreed at its meeting on 30 January to publish agendas and minutes of the Expert Ferry Group meetings on the Transport Scotland website.

"We will arrange for this to happen at the earliest opportunity."

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