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Letters special on the Troon ferry debate

Letters to the Editor

No evidence to support a move of this magnitude

Sir,

I write in response to recent publicity highlighting the potential of a possible move of the current ferry ser ving the community on Arran from the port at Ardrossan to Troon. The Arran Economic Group, along with local business leaders, community council representatives and political representatives, wishes to reflect the current opinion of the Arran com munity which was expressed at a recent meeting with transport and islands minister Humza Yousaf on Arran.

The AEG members, along with the chairman of the Arran Ferry Committee and above mentioned representatives, met with the minister recently on Arran, when this topic was discussed. However, it was intimated by the minister that the topic was not in the public domain at this time. Mr Yousaf confirmed it was incumbent on his role to consider every proposal tabled.

The collective representative voices confirmed the community of Arran was not in favour of this move for many reasons but in the main because there was no evidence the move would improve the reliability of the service; it would be more costly for passengers/haulage firms due to the application of the Road Equivalent Tariff; and it would increase journey times. Finally, and importantly, the route was not fully integrated with forward transport links.

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