MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan, has welcomed recent progress on the Islands Connectivity Plan, with yesterday’s publication of the Strategic Approach paper and the Vessel and Ports Plan, alongside a public consultation.
The public consultation on these documents will run until the 3rd May 2024, and in-person public consultation events are due to be held by Transport Scotland throughout Scotland’s island communities from late February onwards.
Following the announcement, which was made in answer to a parliamentary question lodged by the islands’ MSP, Alasdair Allan said:
“I welcome the latest progress on the Islands Connectivity Plan, which will replace the existing Ferries Plan and be wider in scope, taking into consideration aviation, fixed links, and connecting travel, as well as our ferry services. In improving our islands’ connectivity, a joined-up approach like this is essential.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to read the latest publications and contribute their views as part of the consultation process over the next three months. I hope the ongoing work on the Islands Connectivity Plan moves forward at pace, as it is vital that our islands’ connectivity, both inter-island and to the mainland, improves in the immediate and long-term to protect the sustainability of our island communities.”