GEORGE Leslie Ltd has started works on the upgrade of a ferry terminal at Lochmaddy Harbour in the Outer Hebrides.
The £15.3 million project will involve dredging the seabed, upgrading car parks and strengthening the existing pier.
It forms a ‘key’ part of the Skye Triangle upgrade, which will allow harbours to accommodate the new larger ferries being built for CalMac.
David Ross, MD of George Leslie, said, “GL are delighted once again, to be working with Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to deliver the strategic improvements on this lifeline infrastructure project. These critical works will be undertaken whilst maintaining the ferry service, ensuring that any adverse impact to the communities upon the islands during construction is minimised.
“The project will provide a boost to the local economy through employment opportunities, plant and material supply, additional services and educational support. We will be liaising with the council, local schools and interested parties to develop a community benefits plan in order to maximise the positive impacts that this investment provides.”
A Comhairle spokesperson added, “We are pleased that construction works can begin again at Lochmaddy Pier. It was extremely unfortunate that the original contract with L&M Keating Ltd had to be terminated and the delay this caused to the delivery process but we look forward to now working with George Leslie Ltd in what is an important element of the Skye Triangle Infrastructure Improvement Programme.
“We continue to work with Transport Scotland, CMAL, CalMac Ferries Ltd and The Highland Council in delivering what is undoubtedly a significant investment in ferry services for the communities in Harris and the Uists. We do not envisage there being any disruption to the ferry service as a result of the works at Lochmaddy and any disruption at the pier itself will be kept to an absolute minimum.”
Construction works are expected to be complete in spring 2023. Comhairle said that ferry services will be unaffected by the construction works at Lochmaddy at any time.