Highland Lib Dem candidate for Skye, Locahaber & Badenoch, Angela Maclean, is backing local people's concerns over changes to the Mallaig and Armadale ferry service.
Angela said: “It’s shocking that the needs of local people have not been taken into consideration in the planning of the summer timetables on this route. And now the Scottish Government seem to be blaming Calmac for the difficulties that they caused.
“The Scottish Government instigated the move of MV Loch Coruisk to the Oban to Craignure route - following the introduction of R.E.T. Calmac. The service provider under contract can only respond as best they can to the requirements placed upon them.
“The SNP candidate shows a lack of understanding of the issues at work - telling people that she is ‘amazed’ that the difficulties at different states of the tide were not factored in and should be no surprise to Calmac.
“Most regular ferry users will be fully aware of the tides and the limitations of small ferries more suited to fixed slipways. The needs of our communities have been sacrificed because of the changes to services.
“The outgoing MSP was supportive of returning the Loch Coruisk to the Mallaig Armadale route until he met with the Scottish Transport Minister. Then, despite his reported disappointment, he did not fight on for the people of this constituency.
“I fully support service enhancements elsewhere if achievable but not to the detriment of local people. Communities in Lochaber and Skye need a predictable and consistent ferry service and at present that is not the case.
“We need representation in Parliament fighting for the people of the area and we need a Government which takes responsibility for its decisions.”