The new Kilcreggan-Gourock ferry service operated by Clydelink on behalf of Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT) started running on April 1st and it has run into problems.
On April 13th, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) carried out an inspection of the vessel and shortly after it was taken out of service and was seen heading up the Clyde.
Rosneath Peninsula residents and commuters who had their travel arrangements disrupted and rely on the ferry to cross the river complained to George Freeman, Councillor for Lomond North, who contacted SPT for an explanation. It appears that the MCA had concerns about Clydelink’s Safety Management Systems and ordered further checks to be carried out.
Clydelink do have an alternative vessel berthed at Rhu as a replacement for the existing ferry should it be taken out of service but it seemingly does not yet hold the appropriate certification to allow it to be used. As the replacement ferry was unuseable, a replacement coach service operated between Kilcreggan and Gourock.
Although the Island Princess resumed its service, passengers are seeking reassurances from SPT and Clydelink. Clydelink did say however, that they are still ‘bedding in’ the new service and plan to liaise with passengers with a view to enhancing the service.
More information about the Kilcreggan-Gourock ferry as well as views from the public can be found on the For Argyll website and those wishing to travel between Kilcreggan and Gourock by ferry can find timetables and service updates on the Clydelink website.