Ferry officials to attend Bute public meeting

CalMac's Rothesay winter relief ferry MV Coruisk, pictured at Wemyss Bay ferry terminal.

CalMac's Rothesay winter relief ferry MV Coruisk, pictured at Wemyss Bay ferry terminal.

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Officials from the owners and the operators of the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay ferry service have confirmed their attendance at a public meeting on Bute next week.

Both CalMac Ferries Ltd (CFL), the operators of the service, and Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), the owners of the vessels and the Wemyss Bay terminal, will be represented at a special public meeting of Bute Community Council (BCC), to be held at Rothesay Joint Campus on Thursday, February 26 at 7pm.

Top of the list of questions for officials from both companies is likely to be the postponed closure of the Wemyss Bay ferry terminal for major repairs - a closure which was due to take effect on March 2, but which has now been delayed until September.

According to a CMAL news release, “CMAL will present information regarding the recent postponement of construction works at Wemyss Bay Ferry Terminal and both CMAL and CFL will be able to answer questions about the postponement and the project itself.”

The meeting on the 26th had been organised before news broke of the Wemyss Bay delay, though after consulting BCC members and officials from both companies it was decided to press ahead with the event.

Officials from both companies are also to attend a separate meeting, on the same subject, at The Chartroom in Inverkip on Tuesday, February 24 at 6.30pm.

All members of the public and interested parties are welcome to attend next week’s meetings.