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It is good to know someone, somewhere is thinking about a future contingency plan for the Arran ferry.
It is highly likely that by this time next year the daily ferry sailings from Brodick will be to Troon and that is a sobering thought, particularly at this time of year, especially for foot passengers.
But fear not. Work has already started to ready the port for the arrival of the Arran ferry and as well as improvements to the Troon’s East pier, including new berthing fenders. The work will also include a new temporary terminal building, a shuttle bus service, car parking and a marshalling area.
However, as we enter 2022 we still don’t know when this will be happening as Peel Ports has still to agree funding for the redevelopment of Ardrossan harbour with the Scottish government.
Perhaps if it was suggested to Peel Ports that it could risk losing the contract all together, given that Troon will also be the new port of refuge, it may help focus people’s minds.
In the new year CalMac is expected to announce a timetable and the services levels, on which there will be a public consultation. Let’s hope it meets the needs of the island that are the top of the priority list when this is drawn up.