24 November 2022
By Aileen MacLennan
Do you want to have your say on Argyll and Bute Council’s preferred option for the redesign of Dunoon Ferry Terminal?
The council needs to make improvements to the ferry terminal infrastructure at Dunoon and Kilcreggan to ensure safe and reliable berthing for the new passenger-only vessels that Transport Scotland is bringing into operation in 2025. These upgrades will deliver a range of benefits for passengers and will ensure that both terminals can accommodate larger vessels, resulting in wider economic impact throughout the area.
The council considered a number of proposals for Dunoon before identifying Option 1d as the preferred design:
- Option 1d will see the existing linkspan removed and a pontoon berth installed with access via a gangway (including breakwater extension to provide improved shelter at the berth). This option includes a long gangway onto a pontoon, which increases the distance between the end of the vessel and the breakwater, improving access for passengers and navigational safety for the ferry.
An online consultation on the redesign is now open and available on the council website at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/dunoon-ferry-terminal
The scheme is part of a wider project to enhance ferry services and infrastructure across Gourock – Kilcreggan – Dunoon, and is a collaboration between Transport Scotland, Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited, CalMac Ferries Ltd and Argyll and Bute Council.
The council will launch a further consultation over the next few weeks seeking feedback on the proposals for Kilcreggan Pier.
The Council’s Policy Lead for Roads and Transport, Councillor Andrew Kain, said: “These improvements will have a significant impact on our local communities, and we have consulted with key groups and organisations at various stages throughout the project to ensure their views are represented. It is now time for everyone else to let us know their thoughts on the preferred option.”