Calmac’s decision not to bring MV Coruisk back to the Sound of Sleat this summer has been quickly condemned by local MSP Ian Blackford.
Only last week the man who represents Ross, Skye and Lochaber claimed he had been assured that the ferry, currently plying the Oban-Craignure route, would be returned to Mallaig-Armadale in a matter of weeks.
Within hours of hearing of Calmac’s decision Mr Blackford issued a strong statement condemning the move.
He said: “Caledonian MacBrayne has made a U-turn on its previous statement made to me only last week, that MV Coruisk would be returning to the Mallaig - Armadale route. They are now saying this will only happen (if at all) after a review of the 2017 Summer schedule.
“I find this completely unacceptable and want to know what is behind this change of mind. Local groups and businesses have lobbied CalMac management long and hard to make them aware of just how much damage is being done to their economies by the present unreliable and unpredictable service. This has already been cancelled 100 times since March.
“They thought that sense had prevailed with CalMac's statement that they were only waiting for Transport Scotland approval to restore Coruisk to the route it was built for. This is clearly not now the case and I have written to their Managing Director. With support from Kate Forbes, MSP I have also spoken to the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, who has agreed to a meeting.
“The fight will go on.”