Linkspan replacement works starts at Oban harbour

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Work starts on February 1 to replace the linkspan at Oban harbour.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) says the closure of berth number one to replace the linkspan was planned and will take until February 28 to complete.

Passengers are being told that during the work, all services will continue from berth number two but are being warned there could be adjustments to sailing times and they should check http://www.calmac.co.uk/service-changes  for the latest information.

The routes operating from Oban that may be affected are:

• Oban-Castlebay
• Oban-Craignure
• Oban-Lismore
• Oban-Lochboisdale
• Oban-Coll-Tiree
• Oban-Colonsay

This is the next stage of the Oban harbour project to extend the vehicle marshalling area.

CMAL senior civil engineer Ruairidh Campbell, said the project was about providing safe and efficient lifeline ferry services to communities.

‘The linkspan, which is the terminal’s original linkspan and is predominately used by the Mull ferry service, has reached the end of its serviceable life and needs to be replaced.

‘The existing support structures will also be strengthened as part of this project. We have worked closely with the contractor and CalMac to ensure there is as little disruption to services as possible.’

CalMac’s head of service delivery operations, Robert Morrison, said: ‘We are pleased to say that we have been able to amend the timetable so that there is no reduction in overall sailings while this work is carried out. However, operating from one linkspan means that our turnaround for sailings is much tighter, so I would urge all passengers to pay particular attention to the vehicle and passenger check-in times for their sailing and to arrive in plenty of time.’