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The remit of the Committee’s inquiry was to investigate issues including:

  • Ferry routes – how useful are current ferry routes and what potential is there for new routes
  • Frequency and timetabling of services – are ferry services run at times which are convenient to ferry users?
  • Capacity – is there sufficient capacity on routes to meet the requirements of ferry users?
  • Integration with other transport modes – how well does this work in practice?
  • Competition – how has this affected ferry services?


The Committee has completed its inquiry and has reported to the Scottish Parliament.

Read the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee’s 4th Report, 2008 (Session 3), (SP Paper 138)


Written evidence

The Committee issued a call for evidence on 28 January 2008.

Read the call for evidence

Read the news release on the call for evidence

Read the written submissions received

Read supplementary written evidence received by the Committee

Oral evidence

The Committee took oral evidence at its meetings on 4 and 18 March, 15 and 28 April. 6 and 13 May and 3 June 2008.

Read the meeting papers and the Official Reports


The Committee published its report to the Scottish Parliament on 27 June 2008.

Read the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee’s 4th Report, 2008 (Session 3), (SP Paper 138)

Read the news release about the report


Read the Scottish Government’s response to the Committee’s report including:

Chamber debate

The Committee’s inquiry was debated in the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament on 10 September 2008.

Read the Official Report of the debate

Additional information

Committee meetings

The Committee held seven committee meetings as part of the inquiry to take evidence from witnesses, including meetings in Oban on Tuesday 4 March and in Lerwick on Monday 28 April.

See images from the Inquiry


The Committee held three visits in relation to the inquiry to see first-hand how particular ferry services operate.

The Committee visited Arran, Gourock and Dunoon, and Mallaig. A note of each meeting will be produced as part of the Committee's report due to be published at the end of June 2008.

The Committee also held video conferences with ferry users on Stornoway, Orkney and other residents in the Western Isles.

Contact: for further information on the work of the Committee you can contact the Clerks on 0131 348 5229 or by e-mail at: