In a response to a letter from FRIST the Minister has acknowledged islanders' concerns over transport links. He explained that it was important that local efforts to make good the transport shortfall were fully explored and he hoped efforts would be fruitful. However, he went on to say “we want to ensure that transport links to the islands can be safeguarded for the longer term”.
The Minister regretted that due to diary commitments he was unable to accept FRIST’s invitation to visit the islands but he has agreed to meet a delegation from FRIST in London to hear concerns.
A meeting has been agreed for 1 November and will included representation from the IOS Council.
Click here for Minister’s letter dated 3 Oct 2012.