Following the decision by Transport Scotland, CMAL and CalMac, to provide a larger vessel for the Uig/Tarbert/Lochmaddy Triangle lifeline ferry service to the Western Isles, the drafting and submission of a Harbor Revision Order and other construction consents for the new works required at Uig Harbor have now been approved.
The final Masterplan Report has been completed, identifying the preferred improvement works, and this report has been submitted to Transport Scotland. Discussions are ongoing over the scope and timing of the terminal improvement works, together with the cost and associated increase in harbor dues, the Highland Council said in its latest release.
Works include land reclamation, berthing structure strengthening and widening, new fendering, dredging, new gangway, linkspan refurbishment or replacement, passenger walkway shelter on the approach way and widening, the demolition and rebuilding of the existing old pier head, and relocation of harbor master’s office.
A wave/coastal modelling study will be carried out during detailed design to consider engineering options for improving wind, wave and swell at the berth. When the new vessel comes into service, it is proposed to monitor the climate and berthing conditions which will inform the preferred engineering option.
The inclusion of the Uig Ferry Terminal Upgrade within the Council’s capital program will be considered by Full Council in due course, the council said.