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Ferry users in Harris and North Uist have got advance warning of months of disruption to their services following the awarding of the Uig ferry port development contract.

Highland Council has today (Tuesday 3 August) announced the award of contract work on Uig ferry terminal.

The Isle of Skye terminus for the Uig triangle ferry route is to be completed by RJ McLeod (Contractors) Limited.

But the timetable for the work also puts another period of ferry disruption into the timetable, as there will need to be an outage period while the linkspan and outer roundhead are completed.

During that time, projected to be from 12 September 2022 to 3 February 2023, there can be no ferry service to or from Uig.

CalMac Ferries Ltd are reportedly working on alternative ferry provision from Ullapool during the closure period of Uig.

Uig port is owned by The Highland Council, who have worked with Transport Scotland, Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL), CalMac Ferries Ltd and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar on plans for the new upgrade.

Works on the ferry terminal will include infrastructure to improve ferry service provision at Uig, including an extended marshalling area, berthing upgrades, linkspan replacement, approach way upgrades, a relocated new waiting shelter and a new terminal building, which will be tendered separately and constructed during the main works.

Councillor Uisdean Robertson, chair of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar’s transportation and infrastructure committee, said: “The award of this contract is very welcome as an important and significant step in developing infrastructure for ferry services. We are pleased to be involved in this project which will enhance journeys for the travelling public both from and to the Western Isles.”

Minister for Transport Graeme Dey said: “I welcome the contract award, which is another welcome step in delivering this important infrastructure project. It’s also pleasing to see a local company with a proven track record win the tender.”

Construction works are expected to start in September 2021 and to be completed in Summer 2023.