Highlands and Islands Conservative MSPs Jamie Halcro Johnston and Donald Cameron have reacted with anger to news that an important CalMac ferry route is to be suspended for over a week.
The Mallaig to Lochboisdale crossing will not be running for eight days from 17th May as the MV Lord of the Isles is to be withdrawn from service for repairs.
Mr Halcro Johnston, the Scottish Conservative Shadow Business and Tourism Minister, commented: “It is incredibly worrying that just as the tourism season gets into full swing this crucial crossing is suspended with less than a week’s notice.
“This is further evidence, if any were needed, that the ferry crisis is far from over and that our island communities stand to face even more months of disruption while the vital tourism and hospitality sector pays the price.”
Mr Cameron added: “This is the inevitable outcome of the neglect of CalMac’s ageing fleet and the botched contract for replacement ferries, and blame for this lies fairly and squarely with the SNP Government.
“I find it utterly extraordinary that not a single SNP minister has taken any responsibility for this utter failure to discharge their duty of care to our island communities.”