Slashing of Council funding for Nigg Ferry averted

06 March 2021

The Press & Journal     8 March 2021     Susy Macaulay

The Nigg ferry service has been saved from council cuts this year in the wake of significant public outcry at the threat to its existence.

Highland Council had early on proposed withdrawing the £70,000 subsidy it offers to the privately-operated ‘Renfrew Rose’, which shuttles between Cromarty and Nigg throughout the summer months.

But officers later worked out a plan to re-negotiate the contract with the ferry operator and to put in place increased fares to reduce the overall ferry contract price by £10k.

The ferry contract costs £50,000 annually and there is reimbursement for concessionary fares at around £20,000.

The council went on to agree a cut of £10,000 to the service.

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