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Ullapool harbour upgrade complete

Ullapool Harbour
Ullapool Harbour

Ullapool harbour is expected to fully reopen to sea traffic today after a four-week closure.

Work to replace the harbour’s link span – an adjustable ramp linking the harbour to the ferry – to improve reliability and allow a greater range of vessels to berth was completed at the weekend allowing.

The work will allow freight and passenger vehicle services to resume.

CalMac operations manager Drew Collier said: “I would like to thank all the passengers and hauliers who have been inconvenienced by this temporary diversion.

“We are delighted that this work has finished on time and we have been able to reinstate normal service again.”

The ferry firm had operated a diverted service from Stornoway via Uig on Skye for the duration of the work.

With the upgrade complete, the recently launched MV Loch Seaforth superferry will be able to start its full passenger and freight service on the Stornoway-Ullapool route.

The £42million car makes the crossing to Stornoway 15 minutes faster.

Ullapool Harbourmaster Kevin Peach added: “I’m delighted that we have completed this upgrade on time despite the tight deadline. It will make a huge difference to the resilience of the port.

“We really appreciate everyone’s patience during this unavoidable period of disruption, and many thanks to the project team for their hard work and unstinting commitment throughout.”

The improvement work was funded by the Ullapool Harbour Trust and Transport Scotland.

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