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Representatives of communities from both sides of the Mallaig to Armadale crossing will meet with the Islands Minister Paul Wheelhouse next week.

The round table will take place at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Sleat on Friday 3 May and attendees will include members of the Sleat Transport Forum and representation from the Road to the Isles marketing group.

Kate Forbes, constituency MSP for both sides of the crossing, met with Mr Wheelhouse at the Scottish Parliament at the end of last year, when she stressed the need for long-term improvements on the route and also raised the possibility of a pilot scheme for the 2019/20 winter service. This would involve the Loch Bhrusda being deployed to Mallaig for two or three extended periods when it is not being used for refit relief.

Kate Forbes MSP said: "I think it is really important that the Minister listens directly to community representatives and that is why I have invited him to my constituency.

"The ferry is a critically important link between Mallaig and Sleat, used for shopping, visiting friends and work.

"After the last few years of disruption, since the MV Coruisk was removed, people want to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

"There is uncertainty just now about the ferry fleet, in light of delays with the new vessels. As such, I think that there needs to be good communication between the decision makers like Paul Wheelhouse and local communities.

"I hope it is a constructive conversation that leads to real action."

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