A welcome relief

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At long last there looks to be some good news on the ferry front.

For too long CalMac, and those in charge of Scotland’s ferries, have only paid lip service to the real concerns on Arran, and other islands, of the dire consequences of an unreliable ferry service, compounded in recent weeks by the loss of the MV Isle of Arran at what could not have been at a worse time.

Calls to bring in the idle catamaran MV Pentalina have been long and vocal, but they seemed to be falling on deaf ears until very recently.

Then, all of a sudden, last weekend movement and the MV Pentalina is in Brodick on sea trials.

They went off, almost, without a hitch, as did the visit to Ardrossan and now Arran looks to be the front runner to see the MV Pentalina in service, for part of the week at least.

Of course the arrival of a part-time ferry, to help with capacity and as a back-up for breakdowns, is hardly a long-term solution for the underlying ferry crisis, but it is at least a stop-gap which has been a long time in coming.

We wait to see what the days ahead bring.