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Ferry Services Development Through The Oban Hub


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Structure of Presentation

  • Existing transport services

  • Transport interventions

  • Approach to appraisal

  • Appraisal findings


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Existing Transport Services


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Geography


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Existing Ferry Services (1)

  • Craignure-distinct from other routes:

    * Frequency

    * Crossing time

    * Length of sailing day

  • Oban-Islay

    * Very infrequent

    * Seasonal

    * Long crossing time


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Existing Ferry Services (2)

  • Colonsay

    * Less than daily

    * Crossing time over 2 hours

    * Irregular timetable

    * Most arrivals in Oban are pm

  • Coll & Tiree

    * Less than daily in winter

    * Crossing times over 2½ hours

    * Service calls at both islands

    * Early morning departures ex

    Oban


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Existing Ferry Services (3)

  • Barra & South Uist

    * Barra less than daily in

    winter

    * South Uist less than daily

    all year round

    * Crossing times around or

    over 5 hours

    * Some sailings direct, some

    via the other island

    * Alternative routing via

    Lochmaddy


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Argyll Islands Air Services

  • Serve Coll, Tiree and Colonsay from Oban

  • Limited frequency-aims to complement ferry provision

  • Key strength is offering day return opportunities

  • Tiree and other islands also served from Glasgow


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Transport Interventions


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The Transport Interventions


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Approach to Appraisal


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STAG Pre-Appraisal +

  • Greater detail on economic effects-notably generalised travel costs, although not a full TEE

  • High level analysis of revenues and costs (operating and capital)

  • Operational feasibility

  • Timetabling-frequency and arrival/departure times


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Appraisal Findings


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Intervention A1: Coll & Tiree Services

New port facility on north/west Mull. Coll and Tiree ferry traffic routed via Mull rather than direct

to/from Oban. Upgraded road connection between new Mull facility and Craignure


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Along with A2 would place pressure on Oban-Craignure capacity

Basing vessel in Tiree operationally necessary but adds to capital cost

Public acceptability likely to be low

Potential economic benefits:* Tourism-through frequency and link to Mull

* Business services between Coll, Tiree and Mull

* Fewer overnight stays for business trips

* (Possible) reductions in freight charges

Intervention A1: Coll & Tiree Services: Issues

New port facility on north/west Mull. Coll and Tiree ferry traffic routed via Mull rather than direct

to/from Oban. Upgraded road connection between new Mull facility and Craignure


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Intervention A2: Barra & South Uist Services

New port facility on north/west Mull. Castlebay and Lochboisdaleferry traffic routed via Mull rather

than direct to/from Oban. Upgraded road connection between new Mull facility and Craignure


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Along with A1 would place pressure on Oban-Craignure capacity

Public acceptability likely to be low

Potential economic benefits:* Tourism-through increased frequency

* Fewer overnight stays for business trips

* (Possible) reductions in freight charges

Intervention A2: Barra & South Uist Services: Issues

New port facility on north/west Mull. Castlebay and Lochboisdaleferry traffic routed via Mull rather

than direct to/from Oban. Upgraded road connection between new Mull facility and Craignure


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Intervention B: Why No Appraisal Was Undertaken

  • “Showstopper” environmental designations

  • Low levels of public acceptability

  • Likely capital cost

  • Nevertheless there are potential benefits-ferry service operation and public service delivery

Fixed link between Coll and Tiree. Oban-Tiree ferry service ceases


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Intervention C

Mallaig-Lochboisdale service introduced. Oban-Lochboisdale service ceases.

Castlebay continues to be served from Oban


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Would free up additional vessel time to serve Barra-could provide a daily service Oban-Barra sailing

Improved timings and costs for freight traffic-but links have developed via Lochmaddy

Bridge heights on A830 mean that high vehicles would not use the service

Over 60% of residents’ trips do not include an overnight stay in Oban

Over 40% of South Uist visitors spend at least one night in Oban

Potential economic benefits:* Tourism-through increased frequency

* Fewer overnight stays for business trips

* (Possible) reductions in freight charges

Intervention C: Issues

Mallaig-Lochboisdale service introduced. Oban-Lochboisdale service ceases.

Castlebay continues to be served from Oban


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Intervention D

Mallaig-Lochboisdale/Castlebay ferry services introduced.

Oban-Lochboisdale/Castlebay ferry services cease


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An additional vessel may be required

Bridge heights on A830 mean that high vehicles would not use the service

45% of Barra residents’ trips include an overnight stay in Oban

40% of Barra visitors spend at least one night in Oban

Mallaig has fewer services and less visitor accommodation than Oban

Some resistance in terms of public acceptability, although would be welcomed by some freight operators

Potential economic benefits:* Tourism-through increased frequency

* Fewer overnight stays for business trips

* (Possible) reductions in freight charges

Intervention D: Issues

Mallaig-Lochboisdale/Castlebay ferry services introduced.

Oban-Lochboisdale/Castlebay ferry services cease


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Intervention E

Enhanced Oban-Craignure service, with commuter-oriented timetable

and longer sailing day


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Many impacts derive from the Reference Case

Uplift in vehicle demand would make single vessel operation unworkable

Fast passenger craft not appropriate

Investment may be needed to allow overnight berthing at Craignure

Could provide more sailings to Colonsay-but may be an issue in summer

Potential economic benefits:* Off-island commuting

* Growth in tourism

* Expanded markets for island businesses

* Greater flexibility for freight operators

Intervention E: Issues

Enhanced Oban-Craignure service, with commuter-oriented timetable

and longer sailing day


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Intervention F

Extension of Oban-Colonsay air service to Islay


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Intervention F: Issues

  • Fare levels a key factor

  • PSO requirement?

  • Some Oban-Islay flights could be direct

  • Daylight only operations reduce time at destination in winter

Extension of Oban-Colonsay air service to Islay


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Intervention G

Introduction of Oban-Barra air service


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Intervention G: Issues

  • Tidal restrictions at Barra Airport

  • Inter-authority PSO

  • Fare levels a key factor

  • Long flight time in a small aircraft

  • Limited potential demand for trips to Oban and business travel?

Introduction of Oban-Barra air service


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Intervention H

Reduction in air fares on Oban-Coll/Tiree and Oban-Colonsay


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Intervention H: Issues

  • Lack of detailed knowledge of market and constraints on demand-although consultations suggest fare levels are an issue

  • 30% fare reduction could stimulate 21% increase in demand

Reduction in air fares on Oban-Coll/Tiree and Oban-Colonsay


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