Wemyss Bay update in Rothesay tonight - with two weeks to go

Wemyss Bay pier is undergoing major repairs to make it suitable for the larger ferries operating on the Rothesay route. (Pic - Roddy McDowell)
Wemyss Bay pier is undergoing major repairs to make it suitable for the larger ferries operating on the Rothesay route. (Pic - Roddy McDowell)

With only two weeks left until its hoped-for reopening date, the owners of Wemyss Bay pier will hold their latest drop-in event in Rothesay today (Thursday) to update islanders on the progress of the work.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) pledged last month to pull out all the stops - including working 24 hours a day, seven days a week if necessary - to get the work completed so the pier can reopen to Rothesay’s ferry services on Good Friday, March 25, the start of both the Easter holiday weekend and Caledonian MacBrayne’s summer timetable.

The company’s race against time is down to repairs to Wemyss Bay pier’s vehicle linkspan, which has been undergoing remedial work on the dockside at Inchgreen in Port Glasgow.

Those repairs were significantly delayed after a protective tent erected on the quayside to keep the structure’s steelwork dry and at the right temperature blew away three times during stormy winter weather in December and January.

This Thursday’s event takes place at the Green Tree room in the Moat community centre in Stuart Street between 6pm and 8.30pm - but if you can’t make it in person, we’ll bring you all the latest news on this site and in our next print edition.