Wemyss Bay latest: ‘no room’ for more bad weather

Repairs to Wemyss Bay ferry terminal have been delayed by the bad weather of Storms Gertrude and Henry. This image shows one of the new fendering units waiting to be fitted to the south face of the pier. (Pic - CMAL)
Repairs to Wemyss Bay ferry terminal have been delayed by the bad weather of Storms Gertrude and Henry. This image shows one of the new fendering units waiting to be fitted to the south face of the pier. (Pic - CMAL)

Bad weather in the last two weeks has caused “significant disruption” to the major repair work taking place at Wemyss Bay pier, according to the terminal’s owners.

The latest progress report on the work from Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd states that there is “no room for further significant weather events” if ferry services between Rothesay and Wemyss Bay in time for the Easter holiday weekend.

The principal contractor, George Leslie Ltd, now says work on site will - weather permitting - be completed by March 23, instead of the original completion date of March 18.

Ferry services to and from Wemyss Bay are due to resume on Friday, March 25 - the first day of CalMac’s 2016 summer timetable, and the first day of the Easter weekend.

Brian Sydney, the CMAL civil engineer in charge of the project, says in his report: “Storms Gertrude and Henry led not only to lost working time, but also caused damage to the works which the contractor has had to recover, most noticeably to the linkspan site at Inchgreen.

“In order to mitigate the time lost, the contractor has worked extended hours at both Wemyss Bay and Inchgreen and has also been working nightshift at Inchgreen.

“With approximately six weeks of the programme remaining, the contractor is reporting that that they will complete in time to allow ferry service reintroduction for the Easter weekend.

“The programme is, however, very tight with no room for further significant weather events.”

CMAL’s next public drop-in session to updae Bute residents on the progress of the work will take place on Thursday, February 18 from 6pm to 8.30pm at the Green Tree Room in the Moat community centre in Stuart Street.