At a meeting in the hall  representatives of Caledonian Maritime Assets and MVA Consultancy reported on the first stage of the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) into the ferry options for the island.  As both the Point to Port Appin ferry and the Achnacroish to Oban ferries will need to be replaced in the next 5 years this appraisal will have to result in some action though not before 2012/13 as there is no funding until then the meeting heard. The options include a roll on roll off ferry from Point to Port Appin with a passenger ferry to Oban, a fixed link, the status quo with improvements or the status quo. As things stand the passenger ferry from Point is used by car drivers who have to keep a second car at Port Appin while pedestrians use the car ferry from Achnacroish as this is too infrequent, long and expensive to be viable as a car ferry by locals except occasionally. This has meant the build up of a considerable year round parking problem at Port Appin  with no solution in sight. 


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