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Question reference: S6W-10669

  • Asked by: Paul O'Kane, MSP for West Scotland, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: 31 August 2022
  • Current status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 5 October 2022


To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to implement a new priority booking system, as part of the new ticketing system to be introduced by Caledonian MacBrayne in autumn 2022, similar to models reportedly used in Scandinavia, to allow islanders to book priority spaces on ferries at short notice, including for the delivery of goods and services.


I have discussed this with stakeholders over the summer and CalMac has been asked to investigate options to consider how there can be greater access for 'Islands Essential Travel' for those who need to make bookings at shorter notice. We will need to carefully consider any system and look to mitigate any unintended consequences.