Public get chance to see Ardrossan Harbour plans

Ruairidh Campbell from CMAL explains the terminal design to community council chairman Bill Calderwood. 01_B15consultation01

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By Hugh Boag

Arran residents had their chance to have their say on the proposals to develop the landside facilities at Ardrossan Harbour.

At the Orimidale Pavilion in Brodick on Wednesday boards detailing the works were on display with visitors able to leave their comments in a suggestion box or submit their views online.

North Ayrshire Council is working with a group of project partners – Transport Scotland, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd(CMAL), Peel Ports Group, CalMac and the Arran Ferry Committee – to complete a comprehensive upgrade and redevelopment of the Ardrossan Ferry Terminal.

And Alasdair Laurenson and Colin Radford, from North Ayrshire Council and Ruairidh Campbell from CMAL were on hand to talk those attending through the proposals.

The draft plans include: the development of a modern-two-storey terminal building replacing the existing terminal, a new passenger access system (PAS) and the upgrading of both the marshalling and car park areas.

A steady stream of visitors attended the drop-in session over the seven hours it was on display. A previously planned session had been cancelled due to ferry disruption.

A separate consultation will be progressed on interim service arrangements for the temporary operation of the service from Troon once the MV Glen Sannox vessel comes into operation.

North Ayrshire council leader Joe Cullinane said: ‘We know people are eager to see how the plans are shaping up for the ferry terminal so I’m delighted that residents have been be able to see these for themselves and offer their thoughts. The proposals take into account learning from the development of the facilities at Brodick and feedback from users.

‘We know that there is frustration among ferry users, particularly those on Arran who rely on the service, over delays to the new MV Glen Sannox and the harbour infrastructure.

‘We hope progress on the new ferry can made as quickly as possible, however, it’s important to note that this consultation focuses on the council-led land-side proposals, which will provide the additional capacity to grow the number of passengers the route accommodates on what is one of Scotland’s busiest ferry routes.

‘Improving capacity and resilience on the route is a priority for us given the importance of this to the Arran and Ardrossan communities.’

The proposals are still available to view online, but consultation closes today (Friday).

Any views submitted during the consultation will then be considered before tender documents are published. A timetable for the implementation is not yet available.

The aim of the proposals is to improve the facilities and operations at Ardrossan to meet the additional capacity provided by the MV Glen Sannox.

An early drawing of the Ardrossan ferry terminal, previously highlighted in the Banner.