The Scottish Government's Transport and Islands Minister, Humza Yousaf, has today announced that ferry fares to and from the Northern Isles will be frozen for 2017 despite his party promising to reduce fares in its manifesto earlier this year.
Commenting on the announcement, Tavish said:
"Shetland passengers will be desperately disappointed that the SNP government promised cuts and have not delivered. The ferry service to Aberdeen is our lifeline - our motorway to the Scottish mainland.
"More than 3000 local people have supported a petition that asked the SNP to maintain their election commitment to ferry fare cuts made with great fanfare by Nicola Sturgeon in Lerwick in April. This has now been abandoned. Islanders will not forget that the SNP cut ferry fares on Scotland's west coast by 50%. We are all asking why the Northern Isles are not getting the same.
"I do not find this announcement fair, reasonable or in any way acceptable."