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News of yet another delay to the delivery of the new Arran ferry will hardly come as a surprise to anyone, but is the length of it that is of serious concern.
The Banner warned in June that construction of the MV Glen Sannox was well behind schedule, but even we then hoped that it would be in service for at least some of the 2019 summer season, but its noticeably incomplete construction is verifiably evident for all to see at the shipyard in Port Glasgow.
Couple this with a perceived lack of urgency to get improvement works at Ardrossan harbour off the drawing board and into construction and it is easy to understand why people who depend on the service have that sinking feeling.
Winter capacity and vessel problems have highlighted the necessity of not only a dependable vessel, but also a post that can accommodate it without issue to ensure that Arran’s lifeline service is able to cope with an ever increasing demand.
What we need is a lookout on the bridge, an entity to captain the proceedings and steer these lethargic developments at full steam ahead. We call on the new cabinet secretary for transport and members of the Ardrossan Harbour Taskforce to make this their priority. It is after all the captain that is always expected to go down with the sinking ship.