Lochranza waiting room could stay open in winter

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The new ferry terminal at Lochranza could be kept open all winter.

A review is underway looking at how to best use the newly refurbished passenger waiting room over the winter months when there is just one sailing a day to Tarbert.

At the moment the terminal is open for use but there are discussions over how best to open and close it. Ironically it means the village is now well served with toilets after the community took over the former council toilet block across the road after they were closed down.

The dated facilities, which were previously seldom used, have been transformed into a modern and bright, albeit small, waiting room for CalMac customers. The waiting room now has passenger toilets, including an accessible facility, together with a baby changing station.

The works by CMAL have seen the building clad in grey fibre cement weatherboard cladding, which will reduce the maintenance requirements and will maintaining the building’s appearance for longer. This external finish is in keeping with CMAL’s standard building brand that has already been rolled out at Largs and Fishnish. The inclusion of full height windows and external canopy will allow passenger to enjoy the view whilst keeping warm and dry.

As part of CMAL’s ongoing commitment to sustainable buildings, the waiting room uses an air source heating system to reduce running costs and fuel consumption. This follows the inclusion of a biomass boiler and photovoltaic solar panels in the new terminal building at Brodick.

A CalMac spokesman said:  ‘Winter opening arrangement are under review to see how we can make best use of this facility.’

The new waiting room at Lochranza. No_B43CMAL01