Wednesday, 26 March 2008

No Sunday sailings - yet

The Board of Caledonian MacBrayne, our ferry operator, have deferred a decision on seven day a week sailings on the Stornoway - Ullapool route until preparations for the Road Equivalent Tarriff have been completed. This is due to come into force in October, and will slash prices on the ferries to the Western Isles. It means changes in the operating routine of the company, and it looks unlikely that a Sunday sailing will be introduced for summer. Petitions with signatures for (1,300) and against (4,000) Sunday sailing were put in front of the Board for today's meeting. A large number of islanders are opposed to Sunday sailings on religious grounds. Others are in favour in order to have more freedom of movement, particularly for those that work away from Lewis and want to come home for the weekend, which (at present) is not feasible.

3 comments:

  1. It seems so strange to me to think of depending on a ferry schedule to get somewhere.  I can see why people would want the Sunday sailings.
    Lisa

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  2. I was on about sundays being changed for the worse now that sunday trading is allowed only yesterday. But reading what you have said about freedom of movement. I do not think i would like it if i was not allowed to do something because it happens to be sunday.At one time when i was a child every sunday was like Christmas day and Easter sunday with out the presents and Easter eggs. I thought sundays pretty boring, I went to church and sunday school as a child but thats another story lol
    hugs
    Katie

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  3. princesssaurora27 March 2008 at 01:08

    How awful for people to be stranded and unable to come home... I hope that it goes thru!

    be well,
    Dawn
    http://journals.aol.com/princesssaurora/CarpeDiem/

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