SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan, has welcomed today’s confirmation that MV Arrow has been chartered for use in the islands. The vessel will assist with the mitigation measures being put in place around ferry services while the pier at Uig in Skye is undergoing essential work between January and March 2023.
Commenting following today’s announcement, Alasdair Allan said:
“This news is very welcome indeed - I hope MV Arrow will be of great help in dealing with the capacity pressures which will be prevalent throughout the islands’ network between January and March due to the changes to normal service while Uig pier’s upgrade works are underway.
“Thanks to the Transport Minister’s robust engagement on this issue in recent months, as well as cooperation from Highland Council and CalMac, the time that Uig pier was due to be out of service has been reduced from 24 weeks in one go, to 14 weeks over two winters. While still disruptive, this should decrease the detrimental impact to communities in Harris and North Uist.
“MV Arrow’s addition to the ferry fleet at this crucial time will provide much-needed additional capacity and resilience during Uig pier’s first closure period.”
The Scottish Government have provided the funding necessary for MV Arrow’s charter, having also committed an extra £6m to reduce the closure period of Uig pier following a comprehensive engagement exercise with local representatives and affected communities.