MORE problems have struck the Largs to Cumbrae ferry service - after ANOTHER vessel had to be withdrawn due to ramp problems.

Two-hour wait times for vehicles to cross to the island were reported on Tuesday after MV Loch Bhrusda was left operating solo on the route.

The second vessel on the service, MV Loch Riddon, is receiving attention at a boatyard on Bute for a fix to one of its vehicle ramps.

That's the same issue that forced the withdrawal from service on April 5 of the route's usual vessel, MV Loch Shira.

The MV Loch Bhrusda is operating a shuttle service, but sailings are not operating to timetable.

There is no wait time for vehicles at Cumbrae Slip, or for foot passengers at either side of the crossing.

A Cumbrae Ferry Users Group (CFUG) spokesperson said: "The Loch Riddon has left Largs to go to Armaleish Boatyard on Bute to enable repairs to be completed to the ramp.

"It is expected back to Largs later today.

"We have asked to ensure that a suitable vessel/crew is available to run the full timetable today.

"We are awaiting confirmation how that will be delivered."

CFUG has already called for an investigation into the ramp issues that are expected to see MV Loch Shira out of service until mid-June.

CalMac previously said the Loch Shira ramp damage had been caused by the number of large commercial vehicles travelling on the route, prompting CFUG to ask for thought to be given to an alternative way of transporting materials for the Millport flood defence works.