CMal held a pop-in presentation at the Pier office on Wed 15th May outlining their proposed repair works (£800K) for the Old Pier to be completed this summer.
Originally the Old Pier was to be used to facilitate Tiree’s LinkSpan replacement planned for the weeks prior to Easter 2020 , but use of the Old Pier has been’ engineered‘ out of the project and will only be used to store the linkspan over the winter .
The Tiree l/span is currently being fabricated.It will be shipped to Tiree at the same time as the Coll replacement l/span which is being replaced this autumn.
CMAL project manager for the Tiree Old Pierhead repair works (Ruairidh Campbell) is going to hold a drop-in session at the Tiree ferry terminal next Wednesday (15th May) between 2pm and 4pm. He will be accompanied by CalMac, CMAL’s consultant (Mott MacDonald) and CMAL’s contractor (George Leslie).
The intention of the session is to give people the opportunity to meet the team that will be working on the project and to look at the detail of the works that will be undertaken on site in Tiree.
Details of proposed work can be seen on:
Interim contract agreed for Coll, Colonsay and Tiree air services
The subsidised air services from Oban to Coll, Colonsay and Tiree will continue after Argyll and Bute Council agreed an interim contract with Hebridean Air.
Hebridean Air will continue to operate the flights from 16 May, while the council now undertakes the evaluation stage of the procurement process for a new four-year contract. The deadline for tenders being submitted for the second round of procurement passed on 2 May.
There had been concerns that services would be interrupted by strict funding legislation after an initial procurement process for the four-year contract failed to attract an acceptable bid.
However, council officers and staff at Hebridean Air worked hard behind the scenes to prevent that scenario, and we are pleased to be able to confirm that there will be no such interruption.
An update on the four-year contract will be provided in due course, once the outcome of the second procurement process has been fully assessed.
The interim service offers an amended number of flights, although flights for school pupils travelling to Oban have been secured as a priority.
Details on Hebridean Air’s current and interim services can be found here: http://bookhebridean.co.uk
Tiree to Glasgow Air Service
Transport Scotland has launched the tender exercise for the next contract period .
The main specification for the Tiree service is below.
2 The bank of 18 annual rotations will be held by the Tiree Transport Forum for use at their discretion in consultation with the operator taking account of the operator’s ability to deliver additional rotations within the costed level of crew, aircraft resources and airline & airport operational viability. The Tiree Transport Forum shall provide the operator with a minimum of four weeks’ notice for use of banked rotations unless the request is to meet circumstances where such notice could not reasonably be given. Any banked rotation not used in any contract year will be rolled forward to the following year. The operator shall make all reasonable endeavours to provide the Tiree Transport Forum with copies of timetables a minimum of two weeks before publication.
5 The price of a single ticket for travel on the route must not exceed £70 (including any airport charges but excluding any relevant Government tax) for the period 25 October 2019 to 24 October 2020. The maximum fare shall increase by £1 from 25 October in each subsequent year of the contract.
6 The Designated Service must be pro-actively advertised in order to maximise use. Advertising activity should be focused on non-residents of Tiree. Promotional activity, particularly in the off season, is encouraged. Any special promotions should be targeted at both residents and non-residents.
This winter there has been a stream of media reports re CalMac’s unreliability .
The issue was an agenda item at the March TCC meeting, at which after considerable discussion and debate it was decided TCC would make a submission to the CalMac Community Board, for its April Board meeting.
The submission has been made and TCC will report on its outcome
TCC’s submission endorsed a comparable submission from Mull
Mull’s submission is offered here for your reference
Airspace Restrictions Prohibits The Use of Drones on A Significant Portion of Tiree
TCC at its 6 Feb Meeting agreed to this proposed schedule to be put put forward to the Tiree Transport Forum for consideration prior to formal submission to Loganair and Transport Scotland for their review. The remainder of Banked flights are the same as last year i.e. Additional Saturday flights over peak holiday seasons.
The proposed 18 Banked Additional Flights are as follows:-
1. Additional Easter Friday flight (any time) on Friday 05th April (standard 2x flights already full);
2. Tiree 10k – Additional morning flight on Sat 04th May;
3. Tiree 10k – Additional afternoon flight on Sun 05th May;
4. Additional Peak Summer flight – Sat 06th July;
5. & 6. TMF – Additional morning and afternoon flights (4 flights in total that day) on Fri 12th July;
7. TMF – Additional lunchtime flight on Sat 13th July;
8. TMF – Addition lunchtime flight on Sun 14th July;
9. & 10. TMF – Additional morning and afternoon flights (4 flights in total that day) on Mon 15th July;
11. Additional Peak Summer flight on Sat 20th July;
12. Additional Peak Summer flight on Sat 27th July;
13. Additional Peak Summer flight on Sat 03rd Aug;
14. Additional Peak Summer flight on Sat 10th Aug;
15. August Livestock Sales on Sat 17th Aug – Additional flight with a requested 08:30am departure from Glasgow to fit in with sales times (Note:- Also request a later amended departure time to the current scheduled second flight time to 16:30pm out of Glasgow, again to accommodate sales times);
16. Tiree Ultra – Additional flight (any time) on Sat 07th Sept;
17. Tiree Ultra – Additional flight late afternoon on Sun 08th Sept;
18. Tiree Ultra – Additional flight (any time) on Mon 09th Sept.
Proposed Banked Flights Saturday Reductions (Down to 1x Saturday Flight) on:
26th October to 21st December 19 = 8 flights in total
11th January to 14th March 20 = 10 flights.
MV Clansman is returning to service ahead of schedule.
She will now commence the scheduled service on Oban-Coll-Tiree on Saturday, June 9.
This will allow MV Lord of the Isles to restart the postponed Lochboisdale Mallaig service also on June 9 and service the Mallaig Armadale route as scheduled.
We are fully aware of the impact this period of disruption has had and we appreciate you and your community’s understanding and patience during this time.
Clansman will do a double service to Coll and Tiree tomorrow, 9th June,
Depart Oban 0615 Arrive Coll 0920
Depart Coll 0930 Arrive Tiree 1030
Depart Tiree 1050 Arrive Coll 1150
Depart Coll 1200 Arrive Oban 1505
Depart Oban 1530 Arrive Tiree 1900
Depart Tiree 1920 Arrive Coll 2020
Depart Coll 2030 Arrive Oban 2335