Letter: Winter ferry service a detriment to Kintyre?

The ferry service from Lochranza to Claonaig is the only way Covid patients can leave Arran.

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Ken Thorburn of the Lochranza and Catacol Community Association (Letters, March 22) makes a plea for a winter ferry service between Lochranza and Claonaig.

His request was reported in your sister paper, the Argyllshire Advertiser, on March 15, in which it was revealed that CalMac is considering reducing the Tarbert/Portavadie service from eight sailings per day to just two in order to make a Lochranza/Claonaig winter service possible.

The Tarbert/Portavadie service is an important one, taking tradesmen, council employees and other workers from Kintyre and Mid Argyll to Cowal, and vice versa, as well as enabling visitors and locals to access the facilities of the Portavadie marina and spa. It takes schoolchildren to and from Tarbert Academy.

A swingeing cut from eight daily sailings to two might serve the North Arran community, but it will leave Kintyre and Mid Argyll largely without a link on which many have come to depend.

With all respect to Mr Thorburn, it is to be hoped that improvements for his community will not be achieved at the cost of such massive detriment to another.

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