Lochaline slipway reopens

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The slipway at Lochaline Ferry Terminal returned to full service today (Monday December 2), on schedule, following a planned six-week closure.

The slipway closure was part of a larger ongoing harbour project to replace the aligning structure at Lochaline Ferry Terminal, which is expected to be completed by April 2020.

During the closure contractor George Leslie Ltd completed the steel sheet piling element of the work, as well as installing the berthing face of the new structure and the new vessel berthing fenders.  The new underwater slipway sheet piles are in place, and the toe of the slipway has been reconstructed.

The retaining wall at the marshalling area is still under construction, and lane restrictions will remain in place until January, when this part of the project is due to complete.

CMAL senior civil engineer, John Quinn said: ‘We have reopened the slipway at Lochaline Ferry Terminal to vehicle and passengers as planned. Our contractor, George Leslie Ltd has worked in challenging conditions to complete the sections of work that necessitated the six-week closure of the slipway.

‘The aligning structure replacement works will safeguard and improve the facilities at Lochaline Ferry Terminal.

‘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.’

CalMac’s director of operations, Robert Morrison said: ‘We are very pleased to be able to get the slipway back into regular service again on schedule and would like to thank passengers for their patience and understanding during this essential upgrade work.’