Highlands & Islands

Bus deal to benefit Ullapool to Stornoway ferry passengers

Ullapool in Wester Ross Image copyright Thinkstock/Ross Elder
Image caption A bus service between Ullapool and Inverness is used by Ullapool-Stornoway ferry passengers

An agreement has been reached that should see extra capacity on a bus service used by people taking ferries between Ullapool and Stornoway.

Western Isles Council - Comhairle nan Eilean Siar - along with Scottish Citylink and public transport group Hitrans have negotiated the deal.

The comhairle has concerns that people are missing ferries because the Inverness-Ullapool buses are busy.

The deal supports Citylink's efforts to put on extra coaches when it can.

The comhairle said the agreement ensured that if additional capacity was required, and could feasibly be deployed at short notice, any operational losses incurred by Citylink would be underwritten by the local authority, Hitrans and the bus company.

John Mackay, chairman of the comhairle's transportation and infrastructure committee, said: "We very much welcome the co-operation of Scottish Citylink and the opportunity to collaborate with Hitrans in seeking to reduce the likelihood of passengers being stranded in either Inverness or Ullapool.

"We do, however, need to emphasise that, for operational reasons, this additional capacity cannot in any way be completely guaranteed by the operator and there remains a very real imperative that all passengers should make every effort to book as far in advance as possible of when they intend to travel from either Inverness or Ullapool."

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