On Thursday 12 April, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP will officially open the new £30 million Brodick Ferry Terminal.
Operations began on 20 March and the magnificent new facilities include specifically adapted disabled toilets, two 13-person capacity lifts, a larger marshalling area, an extended car park, the ability to shelter six times more people from the elements than before, a dedicated drop-off area and an enlarged bus terminus.
Environmental sustainability and energy efficiency were central to the project design, resulting in the terminal being built on reclaimed land and containing energy saving features including low carbon heating and water supply through a biomass boiler, automatic lighting control and water efficient fittings and a Building Management System enabling real time analysis of energy and water consumption.
The new pier allows for two large vessels to tie up in Brodick simultaneously, greatly enhancing the flexibility of the port.
Kenneth Gibson MSP commented:
“This is a milestone for Arran. The SNP Government and its partners; Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd, main contractor George Leslie Ltd, Caledonian MacBrayne, Transport Scotland, North Ayrshire Council, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and the Coastal Communities Fund have worked to deliver a state-of-the-art terminal and pier that significantly improve the facilities to welcome and serve visitors and islanders alike.
“This £30 million investment, together with the £12.6 million MV Catriona which entered service on the Lochranza to Cloanaig route 19 months ago; £48.5 million on the new Glen Sannox, which will enter service next year; £2.4 million a year to cut ticket prices through Road Equivalent Tariff and a soon to be upgraded Ardrossan Harbour show the SNP Government’s ongoing and long-term commitment to Arran and its 4,600 people.”