CNES MEETINGS WITH CAL-MAC COMMUNITY BOARD
Representatives of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, met with Cal-Mac’s Community Board, Chair Mr Angus Campbell and Western Isles Board members, to discuss some of the pressing issues around ferry services changes, how they impact the Islands and how the views of residents influence that process.
Both the Comhairle and Western Isles Community Board members agreed, that priority for travel going forward, should focus on key workers, island residents and friends and family, living on and from the islands, while maintaining a safe environment for everyone.
A range of ferry travel issues were discussed, including foot passengers and booking arrangements, capacity for residents, health appointments, campervans, pet travel, and social distancing.
A further meeting being held this week which will include Dr Alasdair Allan MSP.
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Thursday 2nd July 2020
PUBLIC TRANSPORT BUS SERVICES
Phase 2 of public bus services, begins in the Western Isles today. Moving to Phase 2 provides increased services, but capacity remains significantly limited, to allow for physical distancing. During this time, travel at peak times is still to be discouraged, unless travelling to and from work.
The services currently being provided for key workers, is now integrated with the new services. In order to manage safe numbers, passengers wishing to use the Phase 2 public bus services, will be required to book a seat for the majority of services.
Timetables and contact details for local bus operators, are available on the Comhairle website. Face coverings are now compulsory, on any form of public transport and passengers will only be permitted, to travel on public transport if they are wearing appropriate face covering.
Read more: Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News - Wednesday 1st July 2020