Policy Lead for Transportation, Councillor Alistair MacDougall, said of today’s announcement: ‘’This is great news for people in and around Campbeltown and the whole Kintyre Peninsula. The council has been actively lobbying Transport Scotland, stressing the importance of the service to the local economy. A direct transport link to the Ayrshire coast makes it easier for people to visit Campbeltown, for both business and leisure.
‘’This certainty of service should lead to a huge knock-on effect in job creation with private hauliers and seasonal jobs in the tourism industry as well as supporting seasonal jobs within our own piers and harbours team.
‘’Better connections support the economy by making it easier for people to access Campbeltown and surrounding areas.
‘’Over 10,000 passengers a year used the pilot service, including the Arran leg of the service; we are hopefully that these numbers will increase in the future.
‘’The council considers this to be an essential ferry service for the local community and we will be making every effort to support CalMac in its delivery.’’