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Express readers have hit back at new plans to ban caravans from standby queues on some ferry crossings in Scotland. Government run CalMac (Caledonian MacBrayne) said caravan and motorhome owners will not be allowed on standby queues due to a need to prioritise residents.
The decision is set to be permanent after discussions with the Scottish Government.
They claimed a travel lottery was in place for residents with some ferries having little or no space for cars.
But the plans were attacked by readers, with some blaming the Scottish Government for the decision.
One reader said: “Ageing fleet, not enough services. Scottish parliament, not fit for anything.”
Another added: “So people who have staycations as they call them are penalised who probably done [these] things for years putting money into the economy. The SNP. Utterly ridiculous.”
One user added: “Another failure by the SNP…the SNP are not interested in improving anything in Scotland other than their bank balances. Fail Fail Fail they are really good at that.”
Another said: “Since tourism contributes so significantly to the economy of the Scottish islands, visitors should be given priority on all ferry services.
“The locals should be thankful that this very important service is only being kept running because of those visitors.”
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One reader even claimed Scotland was now trying to start an “anti-tourist program”.
Last year, CalMac said 19 new ships were to be ordered including six major ferries.
The new ferries could be one metre wider than the current ones to fit more vehicles.
However, Chief Executive Kevin Hobbs has previously complained the programme has been set back by two years because of major delays.
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