Following representation from a number of constituents over recent weeks, Isles MP Angus B MacNeil has identified a lack of connectivity in transport as an increasing issue in the Outer Hebrides. Issues have arisen for people travelling from Barra to Glasgow and Stornoway through Benbecula with the interface between ferries and planes not quite connecting. Similarly the journey through the Isles on Inter Island ferries is not quite seamless with long waits or the need for undue haste to make connections.
Commenting Mr MacNeil said
” I have this week written to Loganair and Calmac suggesting they work together to improve connectivity and the interface between different forms of transport both within the Outer Hebrides and in connections to the Mainland.
“I have also written to City Link to see if minor adjustments can be made to Bus Timetables to ensure ferry connections in ports such as Oban. I do appreciate the difficulty for transport operators where what seems like minor adjustments can have major knock on effects.
“However, travellers time is precious and slight improvements to connectivity can be of huge benefits to my constituents as they travel the long distances necessary to attend hospital appointments and go about their daily business.
” I have also written to Hi Trans and have offered to help facilitate discussions in order to move this forward.”