The new Brodick Ferry Terminal has opened following a £30M (US$42.6M) infrastructure investment – and is key for CMAL’s new LNG-fuelled ferry.
Scotland’s cabinet secretary for finance Derek Mackay was joined on the Isle of Arran by Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) chief executive Kevin Hobbs.
Work to transform the harbour began in January 2016 and has delivered a new 110 m, two-berth pier, designed to accommodate CMAL’s and CalMac Ferries’ new dual-fuel vessel, Glen Sannox when it enters service.
The modern two-storey terminal building houses the ticket office, toilets, harbour staff offices and a 120-seat departure lounge. Outside, there is an increased marshalling area featuring six lanes, offering a combined 895 m for cars, HGVs and service vehicles; six bus stances with two modern shelters; and parking for up to 65 cars.
It is the single biggest port infrastructure construction project delivered by CMAL, which received funding support from Transport Scotland, North Ayrshire Council, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Coastal Communities Fund to deliver full-scale redevelopment of the island terminal.
Mr Mackay said “This project underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to providing the best possible ferry services for the communities that rely on them and ensuring that our islands remain an attractive and accessible destination for visitors.”
CMAL chief executive Kevin Hobbs said “The opening of the new terminal marks a key milestone in our investment programme for Arran. The new ferry for the Ardrossan to Brodick route, Glen Sannox, was launched last year and the new terminal will be a fitting, modern home for this innovative vessel when it enters service.”