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As the island emerges from lockdown and more visitors arrive it is clear that transport is a central issue.

A lot of work has been put in to get the capacity on the ferries up but now a new problem is developing on the island – buses, or the lack of them.

For four months the buses on Arran – like a lot of places – were empty and social distancing restrictions meant they could carry few passengers, although hardly anyone wanted to travel.

But now the island is busy again and people are back to work an improved service is urgently needed. With the present restricted service not all the ferries are being met, but that is nothing new. However, when the later ferries arrive there are no buses at all, and that is not good for the visitors or the welcoming image the island wishes to portray.

At Arran Community Council this week it was suggested that there may need to be a new way of thinking to get the buses back on the road and, given the reluctance of people to use large public transport vehicles, that is something that deserves being given serious consideration.

One way that immediately springs to mind is a revival of the Post Bus, a much loved service on the island in days gone by and better use could be made of the My Bus services.

There must be numerous options to the present ‘big bus’ service and all of them should be closely considered.