HGVs hit by weight re­stric­tion at Gourock

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A newly-im­posed weight re­stric­tion on the linkspan at Gourock could hit com­mer­cial traf­fic try­ing to get to and from Ar­ran if the ferry is di­verted to the port of refuge dur­ing in­clement weather.

The no­tice of the down­grade, which was an­nounced last week, has al­ready pre­sented prob­lems for hauliers and an­i­mal trans­porters dur­ing the re­cent storm Cal­lum when sail­ings from Rothe­say to We­myss Bay were di­verted to Gourock – the main al­ter­na­tive port for sail­ings from Rothe­say and Ar­drossan – and CalMac ad­vised that HGVs would not be car­ried.

With the long-term fore­cast pre­dict­ing par­tic­u­larly bad weather this win­ter – ow­ing to a larger than av­er­age shift in the Gulf Stream – there is po­ten­tial for se­vere dis­rup­tion.

A CalMac spokesman said: ‘We have been ad­vised by the own­ers of Gourock Port, Cale­do­nian Mar­itime As­sets Ltd (CMAL), that a weight re­stric­tion is be­ing put on the linkspan at Gourock with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

‘Given that Gourock is the al­ter­na­tive main­land port for both Rothe­say and Ar­ran, this will have im­pli­ca­tions for the type of com­mer­cial traf­fic we are able to carry dur­ing pe­ri­ods of dis­rup­tion.’

A spokesper­son from CMAL said: ‘The re­vised load limit may af­fect com­mer­cial/heavy goods ve­hi­cles dur­ing pe­ri­ods of ser­vice dis­rup­tion at Rothe­say and Ar­ran, when ser­vices are nor­mally di­verted to Gourock.

‘CalMac Fer­ries Lim­ited will en­deav­our to pro­vide hauliers with as much no­tice as pos­si­ble if a di­ver­sion is likely to al­low them to make al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments.’

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