Ar­dr­ishaig Pier re­pairs to be­gin

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

THREE months after a sec­tion of Ar­dr­ishaig’s stone pier col­lapsed into the sea, re­pairs are about to be­gin.

The project will see the dam­aged sec­tion of the 200-year-old pier, at the mouth of the Cri­nan Canal, re­built and re­in­forced by pier operator Scot­tish Canals so that it can be opened up once again for freight use.

Prior to the col­lapse in May, around 30,000 tonnes of tim­ber freight passed through the har­bour each year.

The re­fur­bish­ment project is sched­uled to be com­pleted by the end of Oc­to­ber.

Con­struc­tion of the pier first be­gan in 1800, with al­ter­ations car­ried out be­tween 1817 and 1837 un­der the di­rec­tion of Scot­tish en­gi­neer Thomas Telford.

The har­bour pier was again ex­tended in the mid-19th cen­tury to berth the Clyde steam­ers that trans­ferred pas­sen­gers to the Cri­nan Canal. Fol­low­ing the re­pairs to bring the pier back into use, a fur­ther phase will po­ten­tially see Scot­tish Canals widen and lengthen the pier to ac­com­mo­date larger ves­sels. This work would also al­low cruise ves­sels to berth.

Richard Mil­lar, di­rec­tor of in­fra­struc­ture at Scot­tish Canals, said: ‘We’ve been work­ing to come up with a so­lu­tion that will bring the pier back into use and re­store tim­ber op­er­a­tions. This project will safe­guard and im­prove one of the Cri­nan Canal’s most im­por­tant struc­tures, en­sur­ing the pier is cared for into the next cen­tury and beyond.

‘We’d like to thank the lo­cal com­mu­nity and hauliers for their pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing dur­ing the pier’s clo­sure.’

Since Ar­dr­ishaig Pier’s clo­sure in the spring, much of the tim­ber freight has in­stead been ex­ported from Ar­gyll us­ing a float­ing pier op­er­ated by Ayr-based JST Ser­vices (Scot­land) Ltd just up the Loch Fyne coast at Ard­cas­tle.

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A sec­tion of the stone pier col­lapsed in May this year.

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