The future of Arran’s ferry route
A study will be carried out to consider potential mainland berthing options for the Arran ferry service, Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf has announced.
The study, which will be carried out in line with Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG), will be led by Transport Scotland. It will look at the options objectively, taking into account the local social and economic benefits and the impact on public spending, but principally the needs of ferry users. The output from the study will also help inform the scale and timing of the works at the selected mainland port.
The work will include consultation with key stakeholders, including the community on Arran, local councils and ferry passengers.
Work to consider the options has already started, with a view to making a decision next Spring on the choice of mainland ferry terminal.
Mr Yousaf said:
“We have already made significant investments in the Arran ferry route, with a new vessel on the way as well as a major upgrade of Brodick Harbour. We now want to look at all the options available on the mainland to make sure we maximise the potential of the route.
“This study will look at potential work to improve Ardrossan Harbour, as well as the proposal from Associated British Ports to use an upgraded facility at Troon.
“We will engage closely with all relevant stakeholders in analysing the various berthing options on the mainland. I will travel to Arran to speak to the local community and hear their views on the service. I will also meet with both local councils, as well as Peel Ports and Associated British Ports.
“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting our lifeline ferry links and providing the best possible service for the communities that rely on them. This study will help us continue to make sure the Arran ferry service is fit for purpose, whilst also getting the best value for the public purse.”