Bute’s ferry users ‘need answers’

Work was due to commence at Wemyss Bay pier this week, but has been delayed until September due to a number of technical issues.
Work was due to commence at Wemyss Bay pier this week, but has been delayed until September due to a number of technical issues.

Transport Scotland need to “appreciate the disgust of the people of Bute on the rotten service” they are receiving from CMAL and CalMac.

The above statement - which drew applause from members of the public - was made by Norman Lamond at Thursday evening’s meeting in Rothesay Joint Campus, organised by Bute Community Council, at which representatives from Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited and Caledonian MacBrayne were present to explain the reasons behind the postponement of major repairs at Wemyss Bay, which were originally due to get under way this week.

Brian Sydney, senior engineer with CMAL, said: “We realise there were good reasons to get in and do this work, and delaying it will cause some difficulty.

“There’s a risk of failure of fender composures, so we’ve upped the inspection regime of these elements. Increased construction costs are an issue with starting the work in autumn, going into winter months - it’s more likely to be delayed by weather, so we’re looking at what we can do to mitigate the impact of that.”

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