A new group has been established to facilitate engagement with Gourock and Dunoon ferry users to support the enhancement of services by the replacement of vessels and upgrading of harbour infrastructure.  It will hold its inaugural meeting this week.

The Gourock Harbour Infrastructure & Vessels Project, a partnership between Transport Scotland, Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL), CalMac and Argyll & Bute Council, has been established to deliver a modern, reliable and resilient lifeline passenger ferry service between Gourock and Dunoon.

The project covers the redevelopment of Gourock Ferry Terminal, minor works to harbour infrastructure at Dunoon and delivery of new vessels.

To enable regular engagement with community stakeholders, a reference group has been established and will meet regularly to contribute to the design and delivery of the project.  The first meeting will be held on Wednesday 26 February with representatives from Dunoon Community Council, Inverclyde Community Council, Argyll and Inverclyde Councillors, HiTrans and SPT.

Kevin Hobbs, chief executive at CMAL, said:

“This work will bring much-needed investment to ferry services in the next few years.  We want to ensure ferry users and the local community are actively engaged from the beginning, during the planning stages, to ensure their voice is part of the design process and delivery of new infrastructure.

“The reference group will meet every four to five months, meaning local community representatives are informed of progress and decisions, and we can ensure their feedback is considered and questions and concerns are addressed.”

An online survey will go live in late March (on the CMAL website – details to be confirmed) and all ferry users, no matter how often they use services, are encouraged to complete it.

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