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Minister outlines ferry plan

Transport Minister Keith Brown outlined the Scottish government's Scottish Ferry Services - Ferries Plan to the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee on 16 January 2013.

The government blueprint for ferry services over the next decade revealed that fares would rise by about 8.2% for people going to the Western Isles, Coll and Tiree.

The maximum rise on any individual route will be limited to 10.6%, Transport Scotland said.

It also said a new service will run from Campbeltown to Ayrshire via Arran.

The government agency announced it would pilot a weekend air service between the Mull of Kintyre and Glasgow over the next two summers, and will discuss with Argyll and Bute Council the case for trunking the A83 from Campbeltown to Kennacraig.

This would join the Kintyre peninsula with Scotland's road trunk network.

The plan also identifies 15 new vessels which will come into service between now and 2025, worth £295m.

Confirmation of the fare rise came after a review of a subsidy scheme called the Road Equivalent Tariff (RET), which links ferry fares to the cost of travelling an equivalent distance on land.

The first five minutes of the committee are unavailable to view due to technical problems, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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