VEHICLES transporting live shellfish across the Sounds of Harris and Barra will soon have similar concessions to those which apply on routes from the Western Isles to the mainland.

The deal was announced by SNP MSP Alasdair Allan, when he was joined by members of the Barra community yesterday in a meeting with Transport Minister Keith Brown.

"I am pleased that the Transport Minister was able to confirm that these arrangements will now be made, something which I believe will benefit the shellfish industry throughout the islands," said Mr Allan. 

"A range of other issues were discussed, including problems faced by all island communities during those periods when ferries are cancelled because of bad weather."

He added: "This was a productive meeting and one which I believe serves as a good model for all island communities to engage with the Government about vital lifeline services."