Bus operator Citylink have confirmed that they will run a larger bus than the current 49-seater between Ullapool and Inverness from next year.

The move follows pressure from Western Isles politicians Angus MacNeil MP and Alasdair Allan MSP, who were contacted by constituents complaining about the existing service.

Several travellers were unable to secure bus seats on the route over the summer, despite trying to book over a week in advance.

In a meeting with Citylink’s Operations Director, David Frenz, Alasdair Allan MSP received an assurance that everyone who tried to book a seat online would now get one.

He called on CalMac to ask passengers buying tickets if they intended to use a bus on the other side.

That way, Citylink could be advised in advance if there was likely to be need for more capacity for that journey.

Angus MacNeil MP said he had been contacted by many residents of the Western Isles who were frustrated at the situation.

He said: “Several constituents have been in touch with me on this subject and I wrote to Citylink last month to raise the issue of capacity on this vital travel connection.

“Citylink have assured me that they are aware of the importance of the service especially to ferry passengers’ onward travel and they have committed to putting on a larger bus next summer.

“In the meantime, however, I will continue to monitor this situation and would ask anyone experiencing booking difficulties to get in touch with my office.”