New slipways planned for Bute ferry crossing

MV Loch Dunvegan, the resident vessel on the Rhubodach-Colintraive ferry service, is seen here at the Colintraive slipway against the setting sun.
MV Loch Dunvegan, the resident vessel on the Rhubodach-Colintraive ferry service, is seen here at the Colintraive slipway against the setting sun.

Plans for new slipways to be used by Caledonian MacBrayne’s ferry link at the north end of Bute will go on show at a public meeting next month.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd, which owns the slipways at Rhubodach and Colintraive, will publish the results of initial design work for the new slipways at both ends of the crossing at a presentation and Q&A session in Colintraive village hall at 7.30pm on Monday, November 3.

CMAL’s Ruairidh Campbell told members of Colintraive and Glendaruel Community Council earlier this year that new temporary slipways would be built to the north of the existing facilities, and would be used by the ferry while the old slips are demolished and rebuilt.

Mr Campbell told CGCC’s June meeting that the contractor would be required to start work at Rhubodach in order to fine-tune its working methodology before work begins at Colintraive.

CMAL is expected to go to tender for the work in the new year, with the work itself lasting for around 12 months from the spring or summer of 2015. The ferry service itself is not expected to be disrupted as a result of the work.