Details of subsidies/grants for infrastructure improvements to ferry services in 2018 : FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/17/02674  
Date received: 7 November 2017
Date responded: 19 April 2018

Information requested

The total annual spending on ferries 2017/18 and 2018 from 2018-date.

The total subsidy expenditure on ferries 2017/18 and 2018-date.


In accordance with Transport (Scotland) Act 2001 (Section 70) (4) payments in respect of subsidies for ferry services and grants for infrastructure improvements are made by Transport Scotland.  Transport Scotland publish a report annually which details such payments. For your information, I detail the internet link to the most recent publication which includes the total annual spending on ferries from the start of the Financial Year, 1 April 2018, to 23 November 2018:-

Publication can be accessed via the following link:-

I can advise that the total annual spend on ferries from 1 April 2018 to 23 November 2018 is £122,925m.

In addition, the total subsidy (i.e. grants paid to ferry operators) on ferries from 1 April 2018 to 23 November 2018 is £114,301m.

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