John Robertson has today managed to help save the Renfrew -Yoker ferry service, from being axed completely and a compromise to the situation has been finally found.
At a meeting later this afternoon, SPT will confirm that it will seek committee approval next Friday (26th) to grant Argyll-based Silvers Marine (UK) Ltd the use of the slipways, pontoons, etc at Yoker and Renfrew so that Silvers Marine can commence a commercial ferry service across the Clyde in place of the SPT-run ferry service that operates there at the moment.
The SPT operation will cease on 31 March and it is highly likely that there will be no break in service, with Silvers Marine starting their operation on 1 April – at the latest.
John Robertson MP said: “I would just like to thank Jon Findlay and the SPT as well as Silvers Marine for listening to the local community on this issue.”
John Robertson MP added: “I am glad that this 500 year old service will still be running into a new decade”.
Mr. Robertson ended; “Me and Jon know how important this is to the local community and by working with the SPT we have managed to find a way to prevent the axe falling on this service.”
The Renfrew -Yoker Ferry which links the north and south bank of the River Clyde is 500 years old and is one of Scotland’s oldest passenger ferries. The ferries can carry up to 50 passengers and carries 150,000 passengers a year, at and cost £1.20 for a single adult journey.
John Robertson hope to have meetings with SPT Jon Findlay to clarify finer points of the service.
Notes to Editors:
- The Hon. John Robertson MP is the Labour Member of Parliament for Glasgow North West, which comprises the community of Yoker.
- The hon. Jim Sheridan MP is the Labour Member of Parliament for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, which comprises the community of Renfrew.