Postponing Wemyss Bay work ‘was right decision’

MV Bute at Wemyss Bay's ferry terminal.

MV Bute at Wemyss Bay's ferry terminal.

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The civil engineer in charge of major repairs to the Wemyss Bay ferry terminal says putting off the work for six months was the correct decision.

Brian Sydney from Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd told a meeting in Rothesay this week that the decision in February to postpone the major repairs - which were due to get under way in March, but will now start on October 1 - had allowed time to make several changes to the project.

“It was disappointing that we had to postpone the project,” Mr Sydney acknowledged, “but it was the right decision at the right time - and we are going to end up with a much better product than if we had pressed ahead regardless.”

Rothesay’s ferry services will sail to and from Gourock for the duration of the work at Wemyss Bay, which is expected to last for 24 weeks, giving a completion date of March 18, 2016.

* More detail in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, September 10.