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As Brodick’s new ferry terminal is officially opened it is good to see some progress being made at Ardrossan.
The mainland harbour owners were quick to make big promises when they were fighting to retain the ferry service, but it has taken a government-led taskforce to get us to this stage – but now all eyes are on Ardrossan.
At least it has now been recognised, well in advance of the arrival of the new ferry, that the main berth needs to be realigned to give her a fighting chance to provide the same, or hopefully better, reliability than the MV Caledonian Isles.
But a lot of work still needs to be done to get to the construction stage and that must press ahead soon. The creation of a new linkspan, and a new terminal building will also take time, given it took two years in Brodick, albeit for a much bigger project.
Arran’s new ferry, the MV Glen Sannox, could arrive in time for next summer and it would be great if the new infrastructure is in place in Ardrossan by that date.
But that will take serious commitment from all the members of the harbour taskforce, and in particular owners Peel Ports, to make it a reality.