Date set for open­ing of Brod­ick ferry ter­mi­nal

The Arran Banner - - News -

The de­layed of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony for the new Brod­ick ferry ter­mi­nal will take place on Mon­day Novem­ber 27, it was con­firmed this week.

How­ever, the new ter­mi­nal is now ex­pected to come into use some days be­fore the of­fi­cial open­ing, although a date has not yet been an­nounced.

The ter­mi­nal had been due to be of­fi­cially opened last month but was post­poned as a mark of re­spect to Lady Jean Fforde, whose fu­neral co­in­cided with the planned event.

The Scot­tish gov­ern­ment’s fi­nance sec­re­tary Derek Mackay will con­duct the open­ing cer­e­mony with Cale­do­nian Mar­itime As­sets Lim­ited (CMAL) chair­man Erik Øster­gaard. Humza Yousaf, min­is­ter for trans­port and the is­lands, will also be in at­ten­dance. The cer­e­mony will be­gin at 11.10am, af­ter the 11.05am ferry to Ar­drossan de­parts the ter­mi­nal. The lo­cal com­mu­nity and those with an in­ter­est in fer­ries and har­bours are in­vited to at­tend the open­ing event, which will in­clude en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided by Lam­lash Pri­mary School Brass Band.

The ex­ten­sive re­de­vel­op­ment project at Brod­ick ferry ter­mi­nal rep­re­sents a ma­jor in­vest­ment of around £30 mil­lion, led by CMAL, with sup­port from Trans­port Scot­land, North Ayr­shire Coun­cil, Strath­clyde Part­ner­ship for Trans­port and the coastal com­mu­ni­ties fund.

Work to trans­form the har­bour be­gan on site in Jan­uary 2016. The project has de­liv­ered a new pier, an in­creased mar­shalling area through re­claimed land and a mod­ern ter­mi­nal build­ing, with bus stances and park­ing fa­cil­i­ties. It is the sin­gle big­gest port in­fra­struc­ture con­struc­tion project de­liv­ered by CMAL.

CMAL’s head of civil en­gi­neer­ing Ram­say Muir­head said: ‘This is a hugely sig­nif­i­cant project for our team and we are de­lighted to reach the of­fi­cial open­ing of the new ter­mi­nal. The lo­cal com­mu­nity and visi­tors to the is­land will ben­e­fit from an im­proved pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence and greater op­er­a­tional flex­i­bil­ity. We hope as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble can join us at the open­ing.’

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The new Brod­ick ferry ter­mi­nal with the in­creased mar­shalling area and the pas­sen­ger ac­cess sys­tem to the pier.

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