Have your say on Craignure ferry terminal future

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Consultation has started on securing the future of council-owned Craignure ferry terminal.

Argyll and Bute Council wants to hear what people think about the options under consideration.

The Craignure to Oban route is the busiest ferry route run by CalMac Ferries Ltd, but built in the mid 60s, the pier is now coming to the end of its useful operating life and as passenger and vehicle numbers have increased over time, passenger access, vehicle and bus marshalling all need to be re-assessed.

Plans being developed will cover not just the long-term future of the pier, but also what needs to be done now to make sure it can continue to operate for the time being.

Ways to improve reliable seven-day overnight berthing at the pier also need to be considered, as does the likelihood that larger ferries will be deployed onto the route in the future.

Policy Lead for Roads and Infrastructure Services, Councillor Rory Colville, said: ‘We are already working on long-term plans for Craignure terminal and have four options to consider. There are also options for how we can keep the pier operating in the medium term.

‘There are a couple of presentations on our website which set out both the long and medium-term options. We would then like you to answer a few questions that will allow us to gauge feedback on both’

The options are to rebuild the terminal in close proximity to where it is now, rebuild it to the south, rebuild it to the north and reuse the existing marshalling area, or rebuild it to the north – all the options would improve safety by removing  the need to cross the road.

Rebuilding the terminal to the north of the current site would impact some existing residential properties.

To find out more and get involved go to www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/consultations/craignure-pier-consultation.

The consultation ends on February 7.