Plans to upgrade Ardrossan Harbour take ‘significant’ step forward


PLANS to upgrade facilities at Ardrossan Harbour have taken a ‘significant’ step forward following the publication of a consultation report, North Ayrshire Council has said.

The local authority is working alongside Transport Scotland, CMAL, Peel Ports Group, CalMac, and the Arran Ferry Committee to undertake the ‘comprehensive’ upgrade and redevelopment of the harbour’s ferry terminal.

The main landside works under discussion as part of the consultation include the development of a modern-two-storey terminal building replacing the existing terminal at Ardrossan, a new passenger access system, and upgrade of both the marshalling and car park areas.

Following ‘extensive’ consultation with communities in Ardrossan and Arran earlier this year, the final consultation report is now available. Councillor Tony Gurney, cabinet member for economy and climate change, said, “Following consultation earlier this year, the final report has been informed and shaped by those who matter most – travellers on both sides of the crossing. It’s hugely important we get this right given the importance of this route. We are in no doubt that improving capacity and resilience is a priority for all partners involved as well as the Arran and Ardrossan communities.

“The comments received will lead to improvements in the designs and we now eagerly look forward to progressing these as part of the tender stage.”