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CalMac essential services timetable comes to an end

CalMac's essential services timetable is ending thanks to a noticeable decrease in covid-related absences amongst staff.

The ferry operator introduced an essential services timetable on 3 January when the number of staff absent due to covid became so high that it was unable to operate a full service. The temporary timetable was due to continue till 6 February 2022. However, the winter timetable for most routes will resume on Wednesday 26 January. Port offices will also revert to normal opening hours.

This includes the reopening of on-board retail and food and drink offering as well as the Coffee Cabin at Ardrossan Port.

Managing Director Robbie Drummond said: "I am pleased to say that because of a significant drop in the number of staff unable to work due to covid we can now offer a full winter service on the majority of routes.

"Thank you to all passengers for their patience and understanding and we look forward to welcoming them back on board."

Notes to editors: The Mallaig-Lochboisdale service will remain cancelled due to vessel availability being impacted by steel replacement needs on MV Caledonian Isles. Further details about any other changes to services can be found on the CalMac website.

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