Linkspan closure dates confirmed

10th July 2019

Dates for the closure of the linkspans at Coll and Tiree ferry terminals have been confirmed:

  • The Coll linkspan will be out of service from Monday 28th October 2019 and will be back in service on Thursday 21st November 2019.
  • The Tiree linkspan will be out of service from Monday 24th February 2020 and will be back in service on Tuesday 17th March 2020.  The linkspan closure date for Tiree has been brought forward by two weeks from an initial timeline to provide more contingency ahead of the start of the summer 2020 timetable.

During the linkspan closure periods, vehicles will be unable to travel to the islands.  Throughout this period CalMac will operate a passenger only service, supplemented by a third party freight vessel service for transportation of essential goods.  More details of the alternative services will be communicated by CalMac in due course.

Public meeting Q&A

15th May 2019

Below is an update on December’s Q&A from our public meetings. Some points are still “work in progress” and we will provide further updates in the coming weeks.

7th January 2019

A copy of the questions and answers discussed at the public meetings in Coll and Tiree in December 2018 is available to view:

Community feedback

5th December 2018

CMAL is inviting communities to share their feedback on the meeting and plans for the linkspan refurbishment. If you would like to contribute please complete this online form

Public meetings in Coll and Tiree

5th December 2018

Public meetings took place in Coll and Tiree on 3rd and 4th December to update communities on plans for the linkspan replacement projects at both ferry terminals.  The drop-in sessions were attended by representatives from CMAL, Calmac and engineering consultants, Mott MacDonald.  The presentation material shared at the meetings is available:



New Linkspans for Coll and Tiree

CMAL is planning to replace the linkspan decks at the ferry terminals at Coll and Tiree.  £3.7 million funding has been secured and, following a public sector procurement exercise, construction contractor George Leslie Limited has been appointed to undertake the works.  It is anticipated the work will take place in late autumn 2019 at Coll and early spring 2020 at Tiree.

Public meetings are being held early December 2018 to share details of the planned arrangements for the linkspan deck replacements. Communities are invited to attend their local meeting:

  • An Cridhe, Coll Community Centre, Coll
    Monday 3rd December, 4.00pm – 7.30pm
  • An Talla Community Hall, Tiree
    Tuesday 4th December, 4.00pm – 7.30pm

Read the news release for more details.