Date set for opening of Brodick ferry terminal
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.’
The new Brodick ferry terminal with the increased marshalling area and the passenger access system to the pier.