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PE01473: Wi-Fi on CalMac ferries

Transport

Petitioner: Frances Anne Gillies on behalf of Barra Youth Council

Status:
Closed

Date Lodged: 08 March 2013

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ensure that a universal system of Wi-Fi operates on all Caledonian MacBrayne ferries which service the Western Isles to the mainland and to provide a specific timescale for implementation.

Petition History:

The petitioners have also collected 83 offline signatures.

Summary:

15 March 2013: The Committee took evidence from Frances Anne Gillies, Mairi MacLean, and Annie Teresa MacNeil, Barra Youth Council. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Caledonian MacBrayne and NorthLink Ferries. Link to Official Report 15 March 2013 (438KB pdf)

28 May 2013: The Committee agreed to invite Caledonian MacBrayne and Serco NorthLink Ferries to give evidence at a future meeting. Link to Official Report 28 May 2013 (471KB pdf)

3 September 2013: The Committee took evidence from Roger Willison-Gray, Information Services Director, and Robbie Drummond, Group Finance Director, Caledonian MacBrayne, Stuart Garrett, Managing Director, and Steve Moreton, IT Manager, Serco NorthLink Ferries. The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that Caledonian MacBrayne has initiated a networks project and it will conclude this process as soon as possible. Link to Official Report 3 September 2013 (587KB pdf)

Written Submissions:

Please support this campaign to get WI-FI on all Calmac ferries which service the Western Isles.

I Usually use Calmac crossings for work purposes. I catch up with work on my laptop, but no wifi means its very frustrating. Not a single crossing goes by where I don't ask staff when wifi will be available. Its available on buses and trains why not ferries? Needs to be looked into as a matter of urgency, make long crossings fly by and be a productive time.

Nigel Hindley

23:49 on 08 Mar 2013

WI FI availability on our ferries would help to make our journeys seem shorter especially on long routes like Oban Barra Lochboisdale which can be in excess of 7hrs.

Archie Maclean

20:46 on 08 Mar 2013

We regularly use the ferries to the Western Isles to visit family and having an Internet connection is essential these days. The facility should be available on all public transport.

Trevor Hunt

12:15 on 08 Mar 2013

I have been a frequent visit to the Isles in the past few years and trust that I will be able to do so again in years to come. I love the ferries and fully support the suggestion for WI-FI on all Calmac ferries

Tony James

10:47 on 08 Mar 2013

I'm a regular on the Oban - Barra service and it gets tiresome having to stand out on the deck in all weathers trying to get a signal. It's 2013, we can't live without our smartphones.

Kevin Van Allen

10:30 on 08 Mar 2013

Surely for the convenience of passengers Wifi should be made available. This question has been raised with Calmac by business travellers serveral times, and I its encouraging to see Barra Youth Council actively campaigning for improvements on behalf of their own communities.

Carol Johnson

10:08 on 08 Mar 2013

Such a small but obvious advance

William McLachlan

9:02 on 08 Mar 2013

good idea

alister macintyre

8:11 on 08 Mar 2013

Frequently in the Isles - Mull next month - love the ferries, but hate being cut off from the world 5 minutes after pulling out of Oban. Calmac give a good efficient service, surely this is a must-have addition.

Ant Power

8:02 on 08 Mar 2013

Being a frequent user of Island Services, I would say that this would be the single most important upgrade since the beginning of Sunday sailings.

Chris Laurie

3:43 on 08 Mar 2013

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