Wemyss Bay repairs latest: pier linkspan ready to return

Wemyss Bay pier's vehicle linkspan is taken away on the back of a barge at the start of major work on the ferry terminal back in October. The structure is set to be floated back into place on the high tide on the afternoon of Saturday, March 12. (Photo courtesy of CMAL)
Wemyss Bay pier's vehicle linkspan is taken away on the back of a barge at the start of major work on the ferry terminal back in October. The structure is set to be floated back into place on the high tide on the afternoon of Saturday, March 12. (Photo courtesy of CMAL)

Wemyss Bay pier’s vehicle linkspan will be floated back into position today (Saturday) as repairs to the ferry terminal near completion.

As we reported yesterday, almost six months of disruption to Rothesay’s ferry services will end on Good Friday, March 25, when MVs Argyle and Bute revert to using Wemyss Bay as their mainland port instead of Gourock.

The major headache for the pier’s owners, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) - namely the condition of the linkspan, found to be in a much worse state than originally thought - was resolved by around seven weeks of 24-7 working on the structure, which was removed at the start of the project last October and has been undergoing repair on the dockside at Inchgreen in Port Glasgow ever since.

The linkspan was loaded on to a barge at Inchgreen on Friday morning and is due to be floated back into place at Wemyss Bay at high tide on Saturday afternoon.

Speaking at the last of CMAL’s fortnightly drop-in sessions in Rothesay to update the public on the progress of the work, Brian Sydney, the civil engineer in charge of the project, said: “We are where we hoped we would be. We went through a wee spell where we thought we might struggle, but the contractor has done very well.”