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What Does a Modern & Sustainable Ferry Service for Scotland Look Like?

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Views sought as Net Zero Committee launches new inquiry.

‘What does a modern and sustainable ferry service for Scotland look like?’ is the overarching question being asked by Holyrood’s Net Zero, Energy & Transport Committee, as it launches its inquiry into current and future ferry provision in Scotland.

Within the inquiry, the Committee will consider areas such as;

‘What do island residents, businesses, and other ferry users need from Scottish Government-supported ferry services?’

‘What institutional and funding arrangements would meet the needs of current and future ferry users?’

‘What vessel size, type, deployment and crewing arrangements would best satisfy the infrastructure?’

The committee is keen to hear from island and mainland residents, individuals and businesses impacted by ferry services, those involved with the industry, operators and asset holders.

Committee Convener, Dean Lockhart MSP, said;

“Scotland needs a reliable ferry service that is future-proofed, compatible with Scotland’s net zero goals and meets the needs of all service users.

“Without this, the stark reality is that the long-term sustainability of island communities and businesses is at risk.

“We’re keen to hear many different perspectives on what a modern ferry service should look like.

“These views will help us inform Scottish Government policies and strategies with a view to securing a positive outcome for the future of ferries and island connectivity in Scotland.”

Your views – read the questions and respond to the Committee’s call for views at – https://yourviews.parliament.scot/nzet/modern-sustainable-ferry-services

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