A project to increase the vehicle marshalling area, increase staff and visitor parking, improve port operations for commercial use, improve passenger access to vessels, and explore the location and size of an area for a proposed new terminal building.

Exhibition and consultation survey

23 June 2022

Following the community meeting held on 22 June, exhibition slides and a link to the consultation survey are below (the survey has now closed).

If you have any further queries, or would like to pass on any further written feedback, email petd@cmassets.co.uk


Summer community event

30 May 2022

We are hosting a community engagement event to update islanders on proposed improvements and upgrades at Port Ellen Ferry Terminal.

The event will take place on Wednesday 22 June 2022, 3.00pm-6.30pm at Ramsay Hall in Port Ellen.  It will be a drop-in session and those interested are welcome to visit at a convenient time.  Civil engineers from CMAL and its partner consultant firm, Mott MacDonald will be joined by CalMac and Transport Scotland representatives to share design options and seek feedback from the community.

Wave survey equipment at Port Ellen.

Engineers are exploring project scope and parameters and design options.  Topographical, bathymetric and wave monitoring surveys have been conducted on-site to inform potential designs.  The preferred option is likely to be approved towards the end of 2022, followed by a two-year programme of design, consents and procurement.  Construction will be live between 2024 and 2026.


Outline business case for ferry terminal project

February 2022

This briefing note, compiled by Mott MacDonald, provides information on the business case process to be followed for the project, an outline programme, and the approach to stakeholder engagement and public consultation.


Green light for outline project business case

7 December 2021

We are progressing detailed plans for significant investment and upgrade at Port Ellen Ferry Terminal after Transport Scotland approved the findings of a strategic planning study.

Our study identified space constraints at the terminal, including the vehicle marshalling area and terminal building, as well as opportunities to improve port operations and passenger access to and from vessels.  As part of the study, we developed a range of high-level options to address these matters.

Mott MacDonald has been appointed to work with us to develop the outline business case with costs, an assessment of a range of solutions, and a recommend preferred option.  Topographical, bathymetric, geophysical and wave monitoring surveys to inform the next-level business case will be conducted from December 2021.

Engagement with the community is scheduled to take place in spring 2022 to support the development of proposals.  More information will be published here in due course.


First project reference group meeting

7 December 2021

A project reference group has been appointed to represent the views of the community, including ferry users, marina users, the fishing community and commercial users.

The first reference group meeting was held on Wednesday 1 December 2021.

Engagement with the wider community, through virtual or in-person events and meetings (depending on COVID-19 guidance), is scheduled for spring 2022.