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
The Scottish Ferries Review
Consultation Document 2010
Mull – 28 July 2010
• General presentation on Ferries review
• Workshop on routes and services
• Opportunity for final questions
• 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
Commitment to Ferries
• Essential part of our transport network
• Essential for access to vital services
• Enable movement of freight
• Encourage sustainable and growing
• Must provide a safe, sustainable system
• Quality employment
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
• 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
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
What we’ve done so far
• Been helped in forming opinions by project
• Consultants and CMAL carried out specific
pieces of work to inform us
• Public consultation events last year
• Extensive data collection
• Less money available to invest in and
• Ageing fleet and need for investment
• Ageing harbour infrastructure and need for
• Escalating fuel and crew costs
• Subsidy levels increasing
Funding and Procurement
• To 2022 need £604m for vessels
• To 2022 need £180m for ports and
• 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
• We are asking you to consider 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
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
• Leave remaining routes within the 2 large bundles?
• Loosen the tender requirements, specifying only the
minimum level service to allow operators the flexibility to
• What should be specified?
• Increase all fares
• Increase visitor fares
• Reduce fares for island/peninsula
• Reduce fares for commercial vehicles
• RET or other distance based
• To manage demand
• Mixed approach
• 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
What services should be funded?
• We have developed a methodology –
based on Summer timetables - for
determining what routes and services are
• We will now do the same for Winter
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?
• Status quo – inconsistent approach
• Scottish Government becomes
responsible for all
• Local Authorities/RTPs become
responsible for all
• A more consistent split of responsibility for
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
• Disabled people, those travelling with
children or luggage, PRMs
• Equalities Impact Assessment at Draft
• Accessibility Assessments carried out
• Recommendations from this work in the
consultation document and you are asked
for your views
• Should they be implemented now?
• Included in future tender
• Accessibility improvement fund?
• Information system indicating the
degree of accessibility?
• Some questions regarding reducing
emissions aimed at operators
• Question 33, would you support longer
journey times as part of a CO2 emissions
• Do you have any other suggestions to
Part 2 - Workshop session
• Opportunity to explore and discuss our initial findings
for Mull, Iona, Ardnamurchan and Morvern. So far we
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
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
do we need to change anything?
• Complicated timetable with variations on sailings;
Integration with other public transport modes on
• Limited sailings, winter timetable and inconsistent
Ardnamurchan and Morvern
• Limited timetable
• Winter timetable and inconsistent timetable
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
• 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%.
What you need your ferry for -
1. Commuting - importance of ferry to enable regular
commuting and business travel to and from
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
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.
• Mull - Export/Import and Tourism are equally important.
Followed by Supply chain, Personal and then
• 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
• Morvern- Personal, Export/Import and Tourism are all
equally important. Followed by Commuting and Supply
• Does this feel right?
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
• 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;
How did we assess this?
• Supply chain - The measure for this
dependency was the population size of the
• Export/import -The measure for this
dependency is commercial vehicle lane
• Tourism - measured by the average
number of people employed in tourism for
the community and the ratio of summer
and winter patronage.
Defining a service
• In defining a service to meet these needs
we have considered:
2.number of sailings per day;
3.length of operating day; and,
4.the number of days per week the service runs
• 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
• 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
Steps 5 and 6
• Identify options to address proposed
changes at Step 4
• STAG based appraisal
• Objectives to take account of current
• Prioritise future spend across the Scottish
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
• Further minimum 6 week consultation period
• Final Ferries Plan