Local representatives of Yoker have spoken out after the Renfrew Ferry service was closed without explanation.
The service, one of Scotland’s oldest crossings, has been out of service for a number of weeks, with no indication of when the service would resume and with the true cause of the closure unclear.
Bill Kidd MSP has written a joint letter with Derek McKay MSP to the Transport Minister, SPT and Clydelink in a bid to solve the issue.
Meanwhile, local Councillor Michael Cullen has said that several of his constituents have raised concerns over the 100-year-old service’s sudden disappearance.
Speaking to the Clydebank Post, Bill Kidd MSP said:
“I have been contacted by constituents who are concerned that their daily commute has been severely interrupted by the un-announced stoppage to the service.
“Members of my staff visited the slipway this week to be told the ferry was off due to it breaking down but that it would be back the next day, obviously that didn’t happen.
“My colleague Derek McKay MSP informed me the company office is closed until the August 11 and that the phone lines are ringing out, this is totally unexceptionable.
“I have contacted the transport minister, SPT and the company itself in writing asking for explanations of what protocols are in place to sustain this 100-year-old Clyde crossing and will be happy to share the answers I receive with my constituents”.
Cllr Michael Cullen added:
“The Yoker Ferry was a well established essential service operating in our communities for more than 100 years. The decision in 2010 by SPT to stop funding and put out to privatisation was not only wrong but reckless.
“The decision by the private operator to remove this service without any public consultation or information shows their disregard for the customers. They have not taken ownership of this situation by reducing the service at a time when no one would be available and office, telephone lines are closed.
“I would hope that SPT now see this decision made in 2010 to privatise as being wrong and will work to deliver a more comprehensive, accessible ferry service for our communities.”
Read more in the Clydebank Post here.