Lochaline Ferry Terminal upgrade drop-in session


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Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) is preparing for a year-long programme of work at Lochaline Ferry Terminal.

A public drop-in session has been arranged to share details of the work and alternative service arrangements during a planned six-week closure.
The event will take place at Lochaline Village Hall on Tuesday February 19 from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

Representatives from CMAL, ferry operator CalMac Ferries Limited, project manager/engineer Royal Haskoning DHV and contractor George Leslie Limited will be available to discuss details of the work, which is scheduled to begin in May 2019, with a six-week closure starting in October 2019.

The existing aligning structure, used to line up the ferry on the slipway for loading vehicles and passengers, is to be replaced. The overnight ferry berth at the terminal is also being improved.

The project will also see other improvements including extra marshalling space, a wider and longer slipway and a deeper berth to improve service resilience and remove the existing tidal constraint on the port.

During a planned six-week closure in October, CalMac will operate a passenger only service from another location.

CMAL senior civil engineer John Quinn said: ‘This project is part of our ongoing programme of harbour upgrades and modifications across our network to support safe and efficient lifeline ferry services to communities around Scotland.

‘We will work closely with the local community to keep them informed of the scope and nature of the work being carried out, as well as the service details during the closure period.’

David Gibson, CalMac’s service delivery director said: ‘CalMac is fully aware of the importance of this service and is committed to minimising the impact while these works are carried out. This is not without its challenges, but we will work with the communities to ensure we can best support them within the constraints presented by the closure.’

George Leslie Limited will start work in late April/early May and the project is expected to take 12 months.