No sign of end to Rothesay pier bridge woes

The pedestrian bridge linking Rothesay's ferry terminal with the mid pier has been out of action since the middle of last week due to a serious electronics failure.
The pedestrian bridge linking Rothesay's ferry terminal with the mid pier has been out of action since the middle of last week due to a serious electronics failure.

THE pedestrian bridge at Rothesay harbour linking the terminal building to the mid pier has now been out of action for a full week - and the bridge’s owner, Argyll and Bute Council, has admitted it has no idea how long it will take, or how much it will cost, to fix.

The bridge’s breakdown has forced foot passengers to take a lengthy detour to or from the pier, using either a narrow path next to the inner harbour or even the vehicle marshalling area as an alternative route.

On Tuesday we asked the council (a) the nature of the problem keeping the bridge out of use, (b) when it’s likely to be fixed, and (c) how much the repair will cost.

We received this statement in response: “The bridge has an electrical fault which has seriously damaged the electronics.

“The council has had a specialist contractor to inspect the electronics but they have advised if the system was subject to a diagnostic analysis in the first instance, this would hopefully prevent the fault happening again.

“It’s too early to say how much this will cost.”

Noting there was no mention of a timescale for the repair in the council’s answer, we asked for clarification of that point and were told: “We are pressing the contractor to do it as soon as they can.”