THE redevelopment of Ardrossan Harbour has taken a "significant step forward", according to project organisers, with the publication of a consultation report.

North Ayrshire Council is working with Transport Scotland, CMAL, Peel Ports Group, CalMac and the Arran Ferry Committee to upgrade the landside facilities at the harbour, including the replacement of the current ferry terminal with a modern, two-storey building (pictured above).

A new passenger access system (PAS) is also proposed, along with an upgrade of both the marshalling and car park areas.

The council has now published a report detailing the results of the "extensive" consultation process into the designs which included public and online events held earlier this year for communities in Ardrossan and Arran.

More than 120 written responses were received as part of the consultation process, while 60 people attended public events held in Brodick and at Ardrossan Library.

Included in the feedback received was a desire for improved accessibility, increased lift capacity within the terminal building, and a sheltered walkway from the terminal building to the train plaƞorm.

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Councillor Tony Gurney, cabinet member for economy and climate change, said: “I’m delighted to see the publication of this report.

“Following consultation earlier this year, the final report has been informed and shaped by those who matter most - travellers on both sides of the crossing.

“It’s hugely important we get this right given the importance of this route. We are in no doubt that improving capacity and resilience is a priority for all partners involved as well as the Arran and Ardrossan communities.

“The comments received will lead to improvements in the designs and we now eagerly look forward to progressing these as part of the tender stage.”

The aim of the proposals is to improve the passenger facilities and operations at Ardrossan to meet the additional capacity provided by the vessels operating on the route, including the MV Glen Sannox which is scheduled to begin running between March and May 2023.

A tender for the harbour works is expected to be issued later this year with works anticipated to begin on site early in 2023.

You can view the full consultation report here.

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