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Ferry repairs more than double to £20 million per year under the SNP

The SNP government has confirmed that the cost of ferry repairs has more than doubled over the last ten years to almost £20 million per year.

A Scottish parliamentary written answer to the Scottish Conservatives has shown that spending on ferry repairs has increased each year from almost £8 million in 2007 to almost £20 million in 2017.

This represents a staggering increase of 250 percent since the SNP has been in power.

Furthermore, the statistics show that the cost of repairing ferries over the last ten years has totalled £138,927,739.

Last year’s ‘Transport Scotland’s Ferry Services’ report by Audit Scotland also revealed that ferry spending had skyrocketed from £97.3m in 2007-08 to £209.7m in 2016-17.

The Scottish Conservatives have said that this demonstrates the ferry fleet on the Clyde and Hebrides is ‘on its knees’ thanks to the SNP inaction.

Scotland’s aging fleet has been responsible for the significant disruption experienced in the last 12 months - the average age of Scotland’s fleet is 20 years whilst 10 per cent are over 30 years old. The average operating age of a vessel is 25 years.

Jamie Greene, Scottish Conservative transport spokesman said:


“This staggering cost of repairing the Scottish ferry fleet truly shows the fleet is on its knees.

“The SNP should have begun to renew our fleet 10 years ago, instead the public is stuck paying out vast sums for increasingly expensive repair jobs on our aging fleet.

“This is just another example of the SNP’s lack of a long-term plan for our ferry fleet, with costs now spiralling out of control.

“Ultimately, this poorly maintained fleet will only continue to cause delays and cancellations for passengers who rely on this method of transport.

“The SNP government is wasting millions of pounds of public money papering over the cracks of a ferry fleet that should have been replaced long ago.”



Notes to editors:

21 November 2018 S5W-19593, Jamie Greene (West Scotland) (Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party): To ask the Scottish Government how much has been spent on repairs to the CalMac fleet in each calendar year since 2007.

Paul Wheelhouse: The annual cost of repairs by CalMac Ferries Limited on the Clyde and Hebrides ferry services fleet since 2007 is detailed in the following table. Costs for 2018 are not yet available.

























Audit  Scotland Report:

Average age of fleets:

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