CMAL to host Skye Triangle roadshow

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Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) will host community events in Uig, Tarbert and Lochmaddy this month to update communities on the Skye Triangle Infrastructure Programme, which will see significant investment made to upgrade the harbours and improve passenger experience.

CMAL has arranged a stakeholder engagement roadshow and will travel to each of the three communities that will benefit from the upgrade work to provide an update on the proposed works at each location.

Locals are invited to drop in to their community meeting at any point, where they will be welcomed by representatives from CMAL, CalMac, Transport Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Highland Council.

The dates and times of the public drop-in events are as follows:

November 25 – Uig Village Hall, 4pm to 7pm.

November 26 – Harris Hotel, 4pm to 7pm.

November 27 – Lochmaddy Village Hall, 4pm to 7pm.

The Skye Triangle Infrastructure Programme involves significant upgrades to the ports at Uig, Tarbert and Lochmaddy to modernise harbour facilities in preparation for new vessels.

Work is already under way at Tarbert Ferry Terminal following the award of a £14.3 million contract to civil engineering and building contractor, R J McLeod Limited.

CMAL is working in partnership with Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar to deliver the works at Lochmaddy. Tenders for the work are currently being assessed, and more information on the construction phase will be provided in due course. The tender to appoint a contractor for work at Uig has also been issued.

CMAL owns 26 harbours on the west coast of Scotland which support the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service (CHFS) and 36 ferries, of which 31 vessels are leased to CalMac Ferries Ltd on routes to the islands and peninsulas of the west of Scotland.

Brian Sydney, senior civil engineer at CMAL, commented: ‘The Skye Triangle Infrastructure Programme is part of our ongoing programme of harbour upgrades and improvements.

‘The programme represents a significant investment in the three ports which, once completed, will provide a much-improved travel experience for passengers.

‘We encourage all three communities to attend the events and take advantage of the opportunity to speak with the representatives in attendance and find out more about the construction phase of the works.’