Date lodged: 1 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what its latest estimate is of the cost of improvement works to Ardrossan Harbour to accommodate new ferries on the Ardrossan-Brodick route operated by CalMac Ferries.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 14 November 2016
As the scope of any works to be carried out at Ardrossan has not yet been determined no estimate has been made by Scottish Government.
I have asked Transport Scotland to commission a STAG-style study to assess the options for the mainland port for the Arran service.
This study will look at potential work to improve Ardrossan Harbour, as well as the proposal from Associated British Ports to use an upgraded facility at Troon.
We will engage closely with all relevant stakeholders in analysing the various berthing options on the mainland as well as wider socio-economic factors. I will travel to Arran to speak to the local community and hear their views on the service. I will also meet with both local councils and representatives of the local communities in Ayrshire, as well as Peel Ports and Associated British Ports.