On 29 April, Kenneth Gibson MSP visited Troon to look at how the port is being prepared for the arrival of the MV Glen Sannox when it enters service next spring.
The Brodick ferry will operate from Troon whilst the Ardrossan Harbour is redeveloped.
Associated British Ports (ABP), who own and manage the port at Troon earlier this month completed marine works including new berthing fenders and a suspended concrete deck to upgrade Troon’s East Pier Ferry Terminal.
The focus at Troon now shifts to the completion of the required shoreside infrastructure, including the installation of a modular terminal building, extensive car parking for 350 vehicles, check-in lanes and pickup and drop-off areas. All of these works are scheduled to be completed by this summer.
Commenting on the project’s completion, ABP’s Regional Director Andrew Harston said:
“It is great to reach such an important milestone in the project and I am hugely proud of the local ABP team and our civil engineering contractors, George Leslie, who have worked so well together to deliver this on time and within budget.
“The Port of Troon’s sheltered East Pier berth and track record of offering all-weather berthing will play a major part in helping to support the Arran communities call for improvements in terms of the reliability and resilience of ferry services to the island.”
Kenneth Gibson MSP added:
“I was pleased to see the progress ABP has made as it prepares to support the ferry service to Brodick.
“The SNP Government has invested £3 million and ABP £600,000 to bring this important project to fruition. Such investment again shows the importance of Arran, its people and communities to Scottish Ministers.
“The berth upgrade at Troon has been designed to accommodate both CalMac’s existing ferries and MV Glen Sannox.”
Kenneth is pictured with Caroline Connelly, Transport Scotland; Tommy Gore, CalMac; Stuart Cresswell, ABP; local SNP MSP Siobhian Brown and Graeme McGinty, CMAL.