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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Liberal Democrats Call for Fixed Link Amid Corran Ferry Depopulation Fears

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Responding to the concerns of six community councils, published in the Ferret, about how the continued disruption to the Corran ferry is leaving residents with “no alternative but to move out of the area,” as they cited the “drastic impact” of the disruption on local people, Liberal Democrat Westminster parliamentary candidate for Ross, Skye and Lochaber Angus MacDonald said:   

“Community councils are entirely right to be angry and to point out the direct effects of an SNP government that can’t think beyond the central belt.   

“The vast majority of people know that the solution is a fixed link.

“A short tunnel or a bridge would be more resilient in bad weather, cheaper to run, less prone to technical breakdowns and would be open 24 hours a day. 

“If the Scottish Government can fund the Forth Road Bridge in Edinburgh, there is absolutely no reason they can’t shoulder the costs of a fixed link for Highland communities. 

“Plans for an electric ferry, which would take years to build and be incredibly costly, are simply impractical. 

“The Scottish Government cannot avoid responsibility for this any longer.

“They must move at pace to commission a fixed link that works for everyone in the community.

“As a councillor and prospective MP, I will keep the pressure on ministers to deliver this.”

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