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Ferry and port owner Caledonian Maritime Assets (CMAL) have announced the completion of Phase One of the multi-million-pound redevelopment programme in Tarbert.

The works saw a new pier built, with vessels now able to berth at the structure, alongside supporting infrastructure. 

The main concrete deck and permanent fenders are now in place, and the temporary fendering arrangement, which has been in place since 2019, has been removed. This allows vessels to berth against the permanent fender arrangement on the new pier structure. The temporary stone bund which provided access to the crane and materials during construction has now been removed, and the foundation slab for the new terminal building is complete.

The new roundabout at the main entrance to the ferry terminal is operational, and most of the marshalling area is now complete.

There is some minor work still to be carried out on the new seaward footpath and cathodic protection to be installed on the new pier and linkspan support structures, however, this is expected to be completed by the end of February 2022.

A view of the terminal before work began

Tenders for the new terminal building have also been received and are being assessed with a view to commencing work in spring 2022 and completing building works by spring 2023.

Passengers will continue to utilise the Temporary Terminal Building and will embark and disembark from the linkspan until completion of the new terminal building. Once the new terminal building is in place this will allow removal of the temporary terminal building and completion of the marshalling area.

CMAL is progressing investment in Scotland’s ferries and harbours which is part of a £580m commitment from the Scottish Government over the next five years. 

Comments on LinkedIn included this from Seamus Morrison, of Sea Harris: "Great job and well done all involved, apart from whoever thought the roundabout was a good idea…" 

Earlier photos show the work under way over last three years. Photos from CMAL