Latest update on Wemyss Bay pier repairs

Work on refurbishing the Wemyss Bay pier linkspan - seen here being floated away on a barge for repairs back in October - has been delayed, but the hold-up isn't affecting the completion date for the project as a whole, according to CMAL.

Work on refurbishing the Wemyss Bay pier linkspan - seen here being floated away on a barge for repairs back in October - has been delayed, but the hold-up isn't affecting the completion date for the project as a whole, according to CMAL.

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The timescale for major repairs to the ferry terminal at Wemyss Bay is ‘tight’ - but the man in charge of the project says he’s still confident it will be completed in time.

The refurbishment of the facility - comprising the construction of a new roundhead at the end of the pier, repairs to the vehicle linkspan, dredging work and the installation of new fendering - is still on course to be completed by March 18, with full ferry services between Rothesay and Wemyss Bay set to resume by March 23 at the latest.

Brian Sydney, the civil engineer from Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) in charge of the Wemyss Bay work, said the only significant delay was to the linkspan repairs, taking place at the Inchgreen repair facility in Greenock, which were held up when a giant tent protecting the linkspan from being damaged by rain or salty air.

“The linkspan repairs weren’t on the ‘time critical’ list of jobs,” Mr Sydney said at CMAL’s latest information session to update Rothesay residents on the work.

“We’ve had no weather delays at the pier itself - the weather during January has been a bit dreich, but it hasn’t been all that windy, which would be the major concern in terms of getting the work done.

“The timescale’s tight, but it was always tight. The linkspan delay doesn’t affect the end date of the whole project.”

CMAL’s next Rothesay information session on the Wemyss Bay work takes place on Thursday, February 4 at the Green Tree room in the Moat Centre from 6pm to 8.30pm.