Scottish Ministers remain supportive of the provision of a subsidised Campbeltown-Ballycastle ferry service. However, current financial pressures mean that ferries budget provision must remain focused on existing contracts and committed vessels and harbour projects.
We have therefore been encouraged by the news that a private operator plans to run a service on a commercial basis between Campbeltown and Ballycastle. This service is due to start in May 2011 and we wish the company every success. Notwithstanding this, we remain supportive of the provision of a subsidised service and will continue to consider the timing of further work to re-establish the service.