Wemyss Bay repair update in Rothesay tonight

New fendering along the south side of the pier forms part of the repair work being undertaken at Wemyss Bay's ferry terminal. (Pic - Brian Sydney/CMAL)
New fendering along the south side of the pier forms part of the repair work being undertaken at Wemyss Bay's ferry terminal. (Pic - Brian Sydney/CMAL)

The latest public drop-in session to update the Bute travelling public on repairs to the Wemyss Bay ferry terminal takes place in Rothesay tonight (Thursday, February 18).

The event - in the Green Tree Room at the Moat community centre from 6pm until 8.30pm - will be the first since Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), which owns the terminal, admitted that there was no room for more severe weather events if the facility is to open in time for the Easter holiday weekend.

Ferry services to and from Wemyss Bay are due to resume on Friday, March 25, but Brian Sydney, the CMAL civil engineer in charge of the project, said last week that bad weather had pushed the completion date for the work back to March 23 - five days later than originally planned.

The terminal has been closed since October 1 for reconstruction of the pier roundhead, the installation of new fendering (the ‘cushions’ protecting the ferry from the pier and vice-versa) and repairs to the vehicle linkspan; the latter is taking place at the Inchgreen ship repair facility in nearby Greenock.