Ardrossan SNP councillor Tony Gurney has welcomed news that the ferry service between the town and Campbeltown is to be made permanent.
Cllr Gurney Tweeted his delight as Transport Secretary Derek Mackay confirmed the initial pilot service between Ayrshire and Argyll will form a regular link in ferry services from next May.
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) revealed it had carried around 10,000 passengers and 2,000 cars during the three-year pilot of the Ardrossan-Campbeltown link.
SNP Government Minister Derek Mackay said making the service permanent would be “a real boost for local economies,” and would, “support the tourist trade”.
CalMac's Director of Operations, Drew Collier, noted, “Passenger-numbers on this route during the trial confirm the demand is there for a regular ferry link, and we look forward to delivering this service next year in support of local communities.”