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Saturday, 22/Nov/2008

Islay Ferry Terminals in the News

Picture of a small harbour with a ferry terminal, seen from the ferry

Islay has two ferry terminals with Port Ellen in the south and Port Askaig in the north east. Both made it into the news this week, some bad news and some encouraging news:

The problems at the Port Askaig harbour redevelopment are well known, as are the related problems with the Jura ferry. The project is way behind plan and way over budget, now it might get even more expensive for Argyll & Bute Council, as the Press & Journal reports in Council could face bill of millions over big projects. Apparently contractor Carillion is about to send additional claims of £1.5m for the project. Considering how late a lot of the work was completed I'd be surprised if that isn't disputed.

Picture of an old ferry terminal

Better news about the planned redevelopment of the Port Ellen terminal: Again the Press & Journal reports, Views sought on plans to improve ferry service. After first consultations earlier in the year more are planned for the coming weeks in Port Ellen and Bowmore on Islay and Tarbert on the mainland. They are organised by Halcrow as the consultant for Caledonian Maritime Assets to develop business cases for various options, covering both Port Ellen and Kennacraig.

If you can't make any of the sessions don't despair, via the CMAL Projects page there is also an on-line consultation survey for anyone with an interest in the projects at both Port Ellen and Kennacraig. This not only includes Islay and Argyll residents, but also businesses, organisations and even visitors. Just make sure you select the right option in the survey.

According to the websites the results of the survey/consultation will be made public, I think it will be very interesting what their recommendation ultimately will be...

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