Slipway owners seek Bute ferry route improvements

MV Loch Dunvegan pictured at the Colintraive slipway.
MV Loch Dunvegan pictured at the Colintraive slipway.

The owners of the ferry terminal at Colintraive have applied for planning permission to carry out improvements to the facility.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) wants to replace the current slipway with a new one which will be twice the width of the existing ramp, and to create a new marshalling area and car park beyond the present ticket office.

The company recently sought the green light from Argyll and Bute Council to improve the facilities at the other end of the short Kyles crossing, though the upgrade at Rhubodach will be limited to the construction of a new double-width slipway only.

Subject to planning permission being granted, the work at Rhubodach will be started and finished before the Colintraive improvements begin.

However, in order to avoid simultaneous disruption to both Bute ferry routes, neither will get under way until the completion of major repairs to the Wemyss Bay terminal, which are due to start in the autumn.

The Colintraive application appears in the latest edition of the council’s weekly list of valid planning applications; to view the publicly-available documents relating to the Colintraive proposal, click here and type 15/00233/PP in the Search box.

The closing date for public comments on the CMAL application is Friday, May 29.