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Brodick Ferry terminal to open later this month

Press Release   •   Nov 03, 2017 14:48 GMT

The Brodick Ferry Terminal will be officially opened Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution Derek Mackay MSP on Monday 27th November

In response to today's announcement that the Brodick Ferry Terminal will officially be opened on Monday 27th November, VisitScotland Regional Director Annique Armstrong said: 

“The opening of the Brodick Ferry Terminal is fantastic news for visitors to the Isle of Arran and for tourism in Scotland as a whole. Scotland’s islands are a key draw for visitors – our latest visitor research shows that visitors to Scotland’s islands tend to stay for a longer period than other visitors. The opening of the new ferry terminal demonstrates significant investment in Scotland’s island communities, with the potential to improve the visitor journey and attract new visitors from around the world.

“Scotland’s reputation as a quality destination relies on continued investment and innovation to ensure that current provision meets future demand. Tourism is the heartbeat of the Scottish economy, causing a ripple effect which touches every industry and community, creating employment and economic growth.”

The official opening ceremony for the newly upgraded Brodick Ferry Terminal will take place on Monday 27th November 2017.

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution Derek Mackay MSP will lead the opening ceremony. The Minister for Transport and the Islands, Humza Yousaf MSP will also be in attendance. The ceremony will begin at 11:10 hours, after the 11:05 hours ferry to Ardrossan departs the terminal.

The opening event was originally scheduled for Monday 23rd October, however due to the sad passing of Lady Jean Fforde, CMAL took the decision to postpone the ceremony and reschedule for this later date.

The local community and those with an interest in ferries and harbours are invited to attend the opening event, which will include entertainment provided by Lamlash Primary School Brass Band.

The extensive redevelopment project at Brodick Ferry Terminal represents a major investment of around £30 million, led by CMAL, with support from Transport Scotland, North Ayrshire Council, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Coastal Communities Fund.

Work to transform the harbour began on site in January 2016. The project has delivered a new pier, an increased marshalling area through reclaimed land and a modern terminal building, with bus stances and parking facilities. It is the single biggest port infrastructure construction project delivered by CMAL.

CMAL’s Head of Civil Engineering, Ramsay Muirhead said:

“This is a hugely significant project for our team and we are delighted to reach the official opening of the new terminal. We hope as many people as possible can join us at the opening.”

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