West coast ferry operator CalMac is extending its current essential lifeline service timetable until 14 June. The company had been allowing bookings to be made from 15 July onwards but in light of the current COVID-19 environment, has decided to suspend future bookings until a new timetable is agreed with Transport Scotland.
Information for customers who have already booked a future journey can be found at calmac.co.uk/faqs/covid19/booking-latest-update-21-may-2020 along with the latest advice on ferry travel. CalMac will continue to waive its refund request fee.
‘Extending our current essential lifeline service timetable until the middle of next month gives us an opportunity to work with Transport Scotland to put in place a timetable that will continue to ensure the welfare of our island communities,’ said CalMac’s Commercial Director, Diane Burke. ‘We are acutely aware of the unique position of the island and rural communities we serve, and we must balance this with any lessening of lockdown limitations. Therefore, any easing of travel restrictions to these areas must be gradual and carefully planned. That’s why future bookings will be unavailable until we have agreed an updated timetable with Transport Scotland. We will continue to follow guidance and advice from the Scottish Government in planning our timetables.’