CalMac is looking at improvements after its ferry services were criticised during a recent meeting.

At a meeting of the CalMac Community Board in Mallaig, disappointment and frustration was reported from all parts of the network at the continuing delays in the delivery of the overdue vessels under construction.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) and Transport Scotland both made presentations on how they function within the present system to plan and prioritise vessel and port improvements and renewals.

This was followed by a presentation from the operational sub group set up to identify areas of improvement that would support delivery of a better service.

The board has also set up a communications sub group to cooperate with the company to further improve the communication between the company and communities. This group will also work on broadband provision issues.

Board chairman, Angus Campbell said: “We also committed to work with CalMac on school transport pricing, facilities at remote ports and continue to improve local content and employment.”