TOBERMORY, Kerrera, and Tarbert ferry ports are set for new year facelifts thanks to a £2.7 million funding boost.
• £26 million committed to maintaining and improving harbours and ports since 2007
• Tobermory is a key port serving routes to Coll, Tiree, the Uists and Barra
• Keith Brown: “This funding comes as part of a package of £205m investment in ‘shovel ready’ schemes’
The cash is part of the Scottish Government’s recently announced ‘shovel ready’ funding.
The investment will ensure the ferry port upgrade and maintenance schemes can now be taken forward.
Transport minister Keith Brown said: “This funding comes as part of a package of £205 million investment in ‘shovel ready’ schemes by the Scottish Government across the country.
“Our ferry ports play a crucial role in supporting the delivery of ferry services across Scotland and are key economic drivers for some of our key industries like tourism and food and drink.
“We have already directly committed £26 million to maintaining and improving ports and harbour infrastructure since 2007, and have set out a further £73 million in our recently published ferries plan for improvements to port infrastructure over the next decade.”
He added: “Vital maintenance work to the port at Tobermory – one of the key ferry hubs serving routes to Coll, Tiree, the Uists and Barra - can start.
“The work which is worth some £600,000 and will support local jobs during construction, will see new concrete and steelwork installed to the slipway walls as well as the masonry repointed.
“The Scottish Government is determined to improve ferry services at Kerrera.
“As part of our commitment to ferry users to and from this gem of an island off Oban, we are working with the local community and local council on a number of options to make long term improvements to the ferry service and associated port infrastructure on both the island and the mainland. This new investment will ensure appropriate infrastructure is in place to match future services.
“The second of our new cutting edge hybrid ferry vessels which is currently under construction at Ferguson’s shipyard on the Clyde is to be deployed on the Tarbert to Portvadie route across Loch Fyne.
“We are working with the harbour authority at Loch Fyne to adapt the port to accommodate overnight berthing of the new longer vessel. This investment will allow us to ensure upgrades are in place for the new vessel which is due to enter service later this year.”