Jamie questions Transport Secretary over help for Northern Isles transport operators

MSP questions Scottish Government on help for Northern Isles transport operators

Jamie Halcro Johnston has questioned the Scottish Government over the support available to operators of lifeline transport links to the Northern Isles.

Responding to a Ministerial Statement by Cabinet Secretary for Transport Michael Matheson in the Scottish Parliament earlier today (Tuesday 28th April), the Highlands and Islands MSP highlighted the vital role companies like Northlink and Pentland ferries were playing in keeping freight links operating.

Mr Matheson, who included information on support available to CalMac and to Loganair in his statement, did suggest support had been made available to those Northern Isles operators too but did not provide further details.

Speaking later, Mr Halcro Johnston said: “Transport operators like Northlink and Pentland Ferries have continued to provide vital lifeline links for our communities in the Northern Isles.

“Their efforts, and the efforts of their staff, have ensured the continued flow of freight to and from the islands, keeping local shelves stocked with supplies and island produce able get to markets south.

“The Cabinet Secretary didn’t mention the Northern Isles operators in his statement, but I am pleased he was able to assure me that he has been in contact with them and that support is available.

“I will be writing to him for details of that support and how the Scottish Government will ensure that support is delivered in a timely and proportionate manner.”