Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has asked the Scottish Government how much investment Scottish ferry services have seen since 2007, and how additional funds will be allocated to the region. Speaking in Parliament, Roddick asked the Transport Minister, Graeme Dey, for figures amid concerns that ferry services do not provide sufficient capacity for passengers.
Dey responded that £2.2bn has been invested in ferry services in the past 14 years, and an additional £580m is being invested going forward.
Speaking following the session, Roddick said:
“I am pleased to see that further investment is planned for our ferry services. It is clear to me, from personal experience and the concerns of my constituents, that current passenger capacity is not enough.
“We must ensure that we have suitable infrastructure in place, both for our island residents and visitors alike. It is vital that we make our island communities a priority in order to boost quality of life and tackle depopulation.”