Wemyss Bay pier to close from October 1

Wemyss Bay pier will close for five months for major repairs on Thursday, October 1, 2015.
Wemyss Bay pier will close for five months for major repairs on Thursday, October 1, 2015.

The closure of the Wemyss Bay ferry terminal for major repairs will take effect from Thursday, October 1, the pier’s owners have announced.

The pier will be closed for five months for replacement of the fendering and repairs to the linkspan and roundhead - meaning Rothesay’s ferry service will sail to and from Gourock for most of the 2015-16 winter period.

But in a parallel announcement, Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government’s transport agency, has pledged that fares based on road equivalent tariff (RET) will also take effect on both Bute ferry services from October 1 - three and a half weeks earlier than planned.

John Nicholls, Transport Scotland’s director of aviation, maritime, freight and canals, told a meeting in Rothesay on Monday: “In recognition of the disruption to services which will happen from October 1, the [transport and islands] minister has decided that RET should be rolled out to both Bute services from the start of the closure.”

* For more from Monday’s meeting, see this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, May 14.