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  • These figures are to support the publicly funded ferry services. They do not include costs at private ports.
    Do we know how much it costs per annum to fund all the currently publicly funded services?
  • The specific routes are Ardrossan – Brodick, Wemyss Bay – Rothesay, Oban – Craignure, Largs – Cumbrae and the Pentland Firth.
  • Scottish Ferries Review - Mull

    1. 1. The Scottish Ferries Review Consultation Document 2010 Mull – 28 July 2010 Judith Ainsley
    2. 2. Introduction • General presentation on Ferries review • Q&A • Workshop on routes and services methodology • Opportunity for final questions
    3. 3. The Consultation • Consultation Document, not a Plan • Runs to 30 September 2010 • Questionnaires to complete and return • 33 key questions • • 0131 244 1539 • Documents available on our website
    4. 4. Commitment to Ferries • Essential part of our transport network • Essential for access to vital services • Enable movement of freight • Encourage sustainable and growing communities • Must provide a safe, sustainable system • Quality employment
    5. 5. Summary of the Review: • Inform a long term Ferries Strategy – to 2022 • Influence next round of tendering for services • Investment programme for vessels and ports and harbours • All publicly funded ferries included – Scottish Government and local authority funded • No potential routes excluded • Needs of passengers, cars, commercial vehicles and freight all to be considered
    6. 6. Lack of consistency • Funding services • Funding vessels • Funding harbour infrastructure • Responsibility for delivery • What routes and what level of service • Tendered services • Provision of vessels
    7. 7. What we’ve done so far • Been helped in forming opinions by project groups • Consultants and CMAL carried out specific pieces of work to inform us • Public consultation events last year • Extensive data collection
    8. 8. Challenges • Less money available to invest in and support ferries • Ageing fleet and need for investment • Ageing harbour infrastructure and need for investment • Escalating fuel and crew costs • Subsidy levels increasing
    9. 9. Funding and Procurement • To 2022 need £604m for vessels • To 2022 need £180m for ports and harbours replacement • To 2022 need £7.5m p.a. annually for ports and harbours maintenance • The services also need to be funded - 2007/8 cost for all c. £103m, 2008/9 for DML c.£90m • We are asking you to consider options
    10. 10. Funding Options • The status quo • CMAL to access funds through alternative structural or financing routes • Ports and harbours could be self-funding • Users of the service to pay more • Open the market up to greater competition
    11. 11. Procurement Options for services • Tender some routes singly with the option for operators to bring their own vessel(s) to the tendered routes? • Specific routes are suggested • Allow single routes to be “bundled” or stagger the tenders? • Leave remaining routes within the 2 large bundles? • Loosen the tender requirements, specifying only the minimum level service to allow operators the flexibility to innovate? • What should be specified?
    12. 12. Fares Options • Increase all fares • Increase visitor fares • Reduce fares for island/peninsula residents • Reduce fares for commercial vehicles • RET or other distance based • To manage demand • Mixed approach
    13. 13. Fares Questions • Asking you to consider what the rationale for/purpose of the fares policy should be. • Should fares differentiate between islanders/residents of peninsular communities and other ferry users? • One fares policy across Scotland or different policies dependant on needs of communities?
    14. 14. What services should be funded? • We have developed a methodology – based on Summer timetables - for determining what routes and services are needed • We will now do the same for Winter timetable
    15. 15. How should services be provided? • Who should be responsible for providing ferry services that need public subsidy? • Should there be central procurement expertise regardless of who is responsible for the provision of the service?
    16. 16. Options • Status quo – inconsistent approach • Scottish Government becomes responsible for all • Local Authorities/RTPs become responsible for all • A more consistent split of responsibility for example….
    17. 17. How responsibility could be split? • SG responsible for services between mainland and islands, LAs or RTPs responsible for all others • Dependant on administration at either end of the route • Dependant on whether the route is classed as a “sea” route or one with less onerous conditions
    18. 18. Accessibility • Disabled people, those travelling with children or luggage, PRMs • Equalities Impact Assessment at Draft Plan stage • Accessibility Assessments carried out • Recommendations from this work in the consultation document and you are asked for your views
    19. 19. Accessibility • Should they be implemented now? • Included in future tender requirements? • Accessibility improvement fund? • Information system indicating the degree of accessibility?
    20. 20. Environmental Issues • Some questions regarding reducing emissions aimed at operators • Question 33, would you support longer journey times as part of a CO2 emissions reduction programme? • Do you have any other suggestions to reduce emissions?
    21. 21. Any questions so far?
    22. 22. Part 2 - Workshop session • Opportunity to explore and discuss our initial findings for Mull, Iona, Ardnamurchan and Morvern. So far we have considered: 1. what you need your ferry for 2. what a service would look like to meet these needs 3. where the gaps are • We have still to consider options to address the gaps and prioritise future spending
    23. 23. Checking we’ve got this right? • Aware that in defining the needs of the community and defining a ferry service to meet those needs there might be things we haven’t got quite right. • We need you to tell us what you think – have we described your community correctly? do we need to change anything?
    24. 24. Current Issues Mull • Complicated timetable with variations on sailings; Integration with other public transport modes on mainland Iona • Limited sailings, winter timetable and inconsistent timetables/sailings Ardnamurchan and Morvern • Limited timetable • Winter timetable and inconsistent timetable
    25. 25. Household survey results • An average of 67% of people on Mull who use the ferry most are either quite or highly satisfied with their current services. • Iona – small sample size so combined with other communities, therefore no separate figures available. • An average of 79% of people in Ardnamurchan and Morvern who use the ferry most are either quite or highly satisfied with their current services. • Average satisfaction for the network is 73%.
    26. 26. What you need your ferry for - 1. Commuting - importance of ferry to enable regular commuting and business travel to and from community. 2. Personal – if people are dependent on basic services and facilities from the mainland 3. Supply chain - where communities have good access to public amenities and shopping – these amenities need supplying 4. Export/Import - where an island requires the ferry to cope with high levels of freight transit. 5. Tourism – how dependent is the island on tourism.
    27. 27. Initial findings • Mull - Export/Import and Tourism are equally important. Followed by Supply chain, Personal and then Commuting • Iona – Tourism is important. Followed by Commuting, Personal, Export/Import and then Supply Chain • Ardnamurchan-Tourism and Commuting are equally important. Followed by Supply chain and then Personal and Export/import • Morvern- Personal, Export/Import and Tourism are all equally important. Followed by Commuting and Supply chain. • Does this feel right?
    28. 28. How did we assess this? • Commuting –We used household survey data. We looked at the % of people who said their principle use was commuting or business travel; • Personal - We considered the population density of the island and weighted this against factors such as whether the community has access to local healthcare/school facilities etc;
    29. 29. How did we assess this? • Supply chain - The measure for this dependency was the population size of the island; • Export/import -The measure for this dependency is commercial vehicle lane metres; • Tourism - measured by the average number of people employed in tourism for the community and the ratio of summer and winter patronage.
    30. 30. Defining a service • In defining a service to meet these needs we have considered: 1.Crossing time; 2.number of sailings per day; 3.length of operating day; and, 4.the number of days per week the service runs
    31. 31. Initial analysis • Mull - A slightly longer crossing time together with a longer operating day. And no change to sailings per day or days per week. • Iona - A longer crossing time, a reduced number of sailings per day, a shorter operating day and a reduced number of days per week. • Ardnamurchan - No change to the length of crossing time, a reduced number of sailings per day, a longer operating day and no change to the number of days per week. • Morvern – A longer crossing time and a reduced number of sailings per day, a longer operating day and no change to the number of days per week. • However, we will take account of consultation responses and where applicable Steps 5 and 6 yet to be applied
    32. 32. Steps 5 and 6 • Identify options to address proposed changes at Step 4 • STAG based appraisal • Objectives to take account of current issues • Prioritise future spend across the Scottish ferries network
    33. 33. What happens next? • Public consultation to 30 September 2010 • 43 events within this period • Draft Ferries Plan with more detailed Strategic Environmental Assessment and an Equalities Impact Assessment • Further minimum 6 week consultation period • Final Ferries Plan