Dismissing Bute bridge idea ‘would be a mistake’

Nicholas Ferguson says the idea of a bridge to Bute, which could replace CalMac's Rhubodach-Colintraive ferry, should be re-examined.
Nicholas Ferguson says the idea of a bridge to Bute, which could replace CalMac's Rhubodach-Colintraive ferry, should be re-examined.

The author of a new report on Argyll and Bute’s economic future says it would be a mistake not to at least re-examine the subject of a bridge to Bute.

Nicholas Ferguson, the chair of the Argyll and Bute Economic Forum, told The Buteman this week that he knows the topic is likely to divide opinion on the island.

“I’m not saying a bridge is essential,” Mr Ferguson, who grew up in Tighnabruaich and has a home in nearby Kilfinan, told The Buteman.

“I know there have been arguments for and against a bridge in the past. I just think that not looking at it again would be a mistake.”

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* To read the forum’s report in full, click here - and to read more from our interview with Mr Ferguson, see this week’s issue of The Buteman, on sale from Thursday, February 25.