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Islands need serious road improvements

Sir,

With CalMac boasting about the number of passengers on its ferries, it very much seems to me that the local authorities on the West Coast of Scotland need to stand up and take note.

The situation with the standard of the roads in the Highlands and Islands is not suitable for the onslaught of numbers being talked about, and all authorities need to demand a seven-year programme for improvements.

Here in Uist, a project that began in 1982 is still only halfway completed, and the Isle of Mull and other islands also need major upgrading. In fact, instead of putting an extra ferry on the Mull crossing, leave the MV Coruisk where it was supposed to be.

And CalMac has lied time and time about dedicated services and promises – for instance, the MV Finlaggan was promised to the good folk of Islay, but after a few months it was transferred elsewhere.

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