£15.5m pledge to fix Ar­drossan har­bour

The Arran Banner - - Front Page - Hugh Boag edi­tor@ar­ran­ban­ner.co.uk

The first full de­tails of the multi-mil­lion-pound plans for the re­de­vel­op­ment of Ar­drossan har­bour have fi­nally been re­vealed.

They will see £15.5 mil­lion spent on im­prov­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Ar­drossan and, if all goes to plan, could see work start this time next year and be com­pleted by the end of 2020.

All the part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions were in Brod­ick Hall on Tues­day to show de­tails of the pro­pos­als at the com­mu­nity drop-in ses­sion and dozens of in­ter­ested peo­ple turned out on a dread­ful night to see what was on of­fer.

They in­cluded port own­ers Peel Ports, Trans­port Scot­land, Cale­do­nian MacBrayne, Cale­do­nian Mar­itime As­sets (CMAL), North Ayr­shire Coun­cil and many more.

And the pro­pos­als con­firm just what had been ex­pected from the pre­ferred de­sign op­tion an­nounced by the gov­ern­ment-led Ar­drossan Har­bour Task­force in April in­clud­ing:

A new Brod­ick berth and linkspan for the MV Glen San­nox and the up­grad­ing of the Ir­ish berth, en­sur­ing two num­ber berths are al­ways avail­able.

A new or com­pre­hen­sively re­de­vel­oped ter­mi­nal build­ing.

New mar­shalling ar­eas and up­graded car park­ing with en­hanced ca­pac­ity.

Im­proved ter­mi­nal to rail plat­form and town cen­tre con­nec­tions, in­clud­ing a new cov­ered walk­way.

The plans show the new hy­draulic linkspan pro­posed for the Brod­ick berth is sim­i­lar to the new linkspan at Brod­ick. A re­fur­bished linkspan is pro­posed for the Ir­ish berth pro­vid­ing a back-up fa­cil­ity.

The linkspan is to be de­signed for use by all three of the pri­mary de­sign ves­sels to load and un­load ve­hi­cles through all states of the tide from low­est as­tro­nom­i­cal tide to high­est as­tro­nom­i­cal tide. Ves­sels may dock ei­ther bow in or stern in. This in­cludes the MV Glen San­nox, due to come into ser­vice next au­tumn.

Ar­drossan har­bour has

al­ways in­volved a ‘hand­brake turn’ on en­ter­ing the har­bour. The pro­pos­als be­ing de­vel­oped, and as il­lus­trated within the mas­ter­plan, are based on the task­force out­line pro­pos­als which look to re-align the Brod­ick berth pro­vid­ing a min­i­mum berth face to bet­ter ser­vice the needs of the three pri­mary de­sign ves­sels.

The pri­mary pur­pose of the new two-storey ter­mi­nal build­ing, or mar­itime hub, is to pro­vide for ferry users and en­sure the ‘life­line ser­vices’ to Ar­ran and Kin­tyre are fully sup­ported within a mod­ern, fit-for-pur­pose ter­mi­nal.

There are also plans to up­grade the park­ing and mar­shalling area with a view to en­able the port to han­dle one mil­lion pas­sen­gers a year on the Ar­ran and Camp­bel­town routes.

‘Cre­at­ing an all-user trans­port in­ter­change means im­prove­ments and bet­ter con­nec­tions be­tween the new ter­mi­nal build­ing and the rail­way sta­tion and town cen­tre. Im­prove­ments to pub­lic trans­port con­nec­tions and fa­cil­i­ties for ac­tive travel will be in­cor­po­rated where pos­si­ble within the pro­pos­als,’ the mas­ter­plan states.

Then there is con­fir­ma­tion of the cost: ‘Peel Ports, North Ayr­shire Coun­cil and part­ners are in­vest­ing £15.5 mil­lion to the Ar­drossan har­bour up­grade.

‘The steer­ing group has de­vel­oped a high-level pro­gramme for the har­bour works pro­gramme. The pre­ferred op­tion with amended berthing will re­quire ad­di­tional works over that orig­i­nally pro­posed with the po­ten­tial for more dis­rup­tion to ferry timeta­bles and a longer build pro­gramme. De­sign and tech­ni­cal stud­ies be­ing cur­rently un­der­taken are seek­ing to iden­tify mech­a­nisms to mit­i­gate im­pacts and ac­cel­er­ate the con­tract award process.

‘De­tailed tech­ni­cal stud­ies and con­tract pro­cure­ment may re­quire amend­ments to the pro­gramme. The mas­ter pro­gramme as­sumes com­ple­tion by end 2020. The pro­gramme is de­pen­dent upon con­clu­sion of de­sign de­vel­op­ment and may be amended de­pen­dent on the fi­nally agreed scope of works.

‘Plan­ning and mas­ter plan­ning for the new fa­cil­i­ties seeks to min­imise dis­rup­tion and en­sure con­ti­nu­ity of ser­vice at all times. Lessons have been learned from other re­cent ter­mi­nal and fa­cil­ity up­grades (in­clud­ing Brod­ick) and ev­ery op­por­tu­nity is be­ing taken to plan the works to take ad­van­tage of the full ex­tent of the site and phase works to avoid dis­rup­tion,’ ac­cord­ing to the plans.

Re­ac­tion to the drop-in con­sul­ta­tion was mixed. Some felt they had plenty of time to view the dis­plays on of­fer and give their feed­back and writ­ten com­ments, while oth­ers were un­happy that there was no op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions from the floor of a pub­lic meet­ing.

A sec­ond pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion was held in Ar­drossan on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

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Ar­ran High School pupils are de­lighted to re­ceive a sportscot­land gold award on be­half of the Lam­lash cam­pus, for the sec­ond time, at a spe­cial as­sem­bly. The sportscot­land awards are pre­sented ev­ery two years to schools that demon­strate a high stan­dard of sport­ing abil­ity and op­por­tu­ni­ties – and the gold award is the high­est level achiev­able.

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The Ar­drossan habour con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing at­tracted a healthy in­ter­est.

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Vis­i­tors study the pro­pos­als in Brod­ick Hall.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the pro­posed new linkspan.

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