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Uig Harbour Upgrades - Community Consultation - April 2022

Uig Harbour Upgrades Community Consultation - April 2022

Update 17 March 2022 - Read our latest update on the Uig Harbour Closure

Background

Infrastructure upgrades are being undertaken by The Highland Council at Uig Harbour which will result in the council closing the harbour for 24 weeks (10 October 2022 to 27 March 2023).

 

Purpose of Session

CalMac are presenting options which have been considered following the first round of community consultations in December 2021 and the recommended service options to be implemented during the summer and winter period of the closure.

 

Uig Harbour Closure - Community Feedback

Following the first round of consultations a number of alternative service continuity options were proposed:

MV Hebrides to :

  • Provide a freight & passenger service between Lochboisdale & Oban

  • Provide a freight only service between Oban & Lochboisdale

  • Provide a freight & passenger service between Lochmaddy & Oban

  • Provide a freight & passenger service between Ullapool, Tarbert & Lochmaddy

 

MV LOTI to

  • Provide a freight & passenger service between Mallaig, Lochmaddy & Tarbert

  • Provide a daily service between Lochboisdale, Armadale, Lochboisdale, Mallaig & Lochboisdale

  • Sail between a variation of Lochboisdale, Armadale & Oban

 

  • MV Pentalina to be chartered to service Arran and release MV Caledonian Isles to serve Stornoway

  • Divert the Barra sailings via Lochboisdale to provide extra capacity

  • MV Glen Sannox or MV Caledonian Isles to be deployed as a second ferry between Stornoway - Ullapool.

 

Following the first round of consultations a number of alternative service continuity options were proposed. The following options have been considered and discounted:

Option

Rationale

MV Hebrides to provide a freight & passenger service between Lochboisdale & Oban

Not feasible as:

There is limited marshalling area capacity for MV Hebrides freight volumes at Oban any additional freight at this port may result in safety concerns.

MV Hebrides can only berth at Oban No 2, two timetabled CalMac services already operate to this berth restricting berth availability at Oban and therefore there is less flexibility for time changes and taking advantage of weather windows.

MV Hebrides to provide a freight only service between Oban & Lochboisdale

Not feasible as: 

There is limited marshalling area capacity for MV Hebrides freight volumes at Oban any additional freight at this port would result in safety concerns. • MV Hebrides can only berth at Oban No 2, two services already operate to this berth so timetable constraints impact the time window for berthing and departing in Oban and therefore there is less flexibility for time changes and taking advantage of weather windows. 

No overnight berth availability at Oban berths including Northern Lighthouse Board.

A freight only service would significantly restrict non-commercial traffic to Uist as the only alternative service is Lochboisdale - Mallaig

MV Hebrides to provide a freight & passenger service between Lochmaddy & Oban

Not feasible as:

There is limited marshalling area capacity for MV Hebrides freight volumes at Oban any additional freight at this port may result in safety concerns. 

MV Hebrides can only berth at Oban No 2, two timetabled CalMac services already operate to this berth restricting berth availability at Oban and therefore there is less flexibility for time changes and taking advantage of weather windows.

The length of passage time (6h 10m) is likely to be unsuitable for hauliers and wider community.

MV Hebrides to provide a freight & passenger service between Ullapool, Tarbert & Lochmaddy

Due to length of day required sailing between three ports, vessel would be required to berth overnight at Ullapool some nights per week which is not possible as there is no berth availability at Ullapool overnight.

MV LOTI to provide a freight & passenger service between Mallaig, Lochmaddy & Tarbert

Not possible as this option provides an extended passage time between ports and reduces service levels that could be offered.

The length of passage time (6h) is likely to be unsuitable for hauliers and wider community.

MV LOTI to provide a daily service between Lochboisdale - Armadale - Lochboisdale - Mallaig - Lochboisdale

Not possible as there is no berth available at Armadale as MV Loch Fyne and MV Coruisk operate back-to-back service during summer.

MV LOTI to sail between a variation of Lochboisdale, Armadale & Oban

Not possible as there is no berth available at Armadale as MV Loch Fyne and MV Coruisk operate a back-to-back during the summer.

MV Glen Sannox or MV Caledonian Isles to be deployed as a second ferry between Stornoway - Ullapool.

Not possible as update from Fergusons Marine Port Glasgow suggests MV Glen Sannox delivery now expected between March & May 2023.

Divert the Barra sailings via Lochboisdale to provide extra capacity

Not possible as the MV Isle of Lewis is too long for the pier and draught it too deep to come alongside. Therefore the vessel is unable to berth at Lochboisdale.

 

Uig Harbour Closure - Proposed Service Model

Due to expected capacity and freight volumes over summer, the following have been identified as the most feasible options and will support the community during the closure of Uig/Tarbert, pending approval by Transport Scotland: Summer

 

Core Service Option

  • MV Hebrides operates one return per day Ullapool - Lochmaddy (extended passage time of 4h 30m)

  • No service will be provided between Ullapool - Tarbert • Tarbert traffic will be redirected to Ullapool - Stornoway service (capacity volumes have been assessed and are considered feasible)

 

Supplementary Services (subject to TS approval)

  • Shuttle buses to transport passengers between Tarbert - Stornoway/Uig - Ullapool (if required)

  •  A foot passenger ferry to provide a daily return service between Uig - Tarbert/Lochmaddy.

  • Charter MV Pentalina (pending condition assessment/commercial agreements)

 

Winter

Core Service Option

  • MV Hebrides operates one return per day Ullapool - Lochmaddy (extended passage time of 4h 30m)

  • No service will be provided between Ullapool - Tarbert

  • Tarbert traffic will be redirected to Ullapool - Stornoway service (capacity volumes have been assessed and are considered feasible)

 

Supplementary Services (subject to TS approval)

  • Shuttle buses to transport passengers between Tarbert - Stornoway/Uig - Ullapool (if required)

  • Increased frequency on Lochboisdale - Mallaig service (pending fleet overhaul plans)

  • One return sailings, 5 days per week. (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday)

  • Two return sailings, 2 times per week (Monday & Saturday) 

  • A foot passenger ferry provide a return service between Uig - Tarbert/Lochmaddy (two days/week)

  • MV Arrow may be chartered to provide freight service between Stornoway - Ullapool

  • MV Pentalina could be chartered (pending condition assessment/commercial agreements)

 

MV Hebrides (Lochmaddy - Ullapool):10 - 23 October & Winter 2022/23

MV Hebrides (Lochmaddy - Ullapool)

Day

Lochmaddy Depart

Ullapool Arrive

Ullapool Depart

Lochmaddy Arrive

Monday - Saturday

0730

1200

1300

1730

Sunday

0830

1300

1400

1830

This timetable considers MV Loch Seaforth's timetable and berth availability at Ullapool, and the requirement for MV Hebrides to return to Lochmaddy by 1730 each evening.

 

MV LOTI (Lochboisdale - Mallaig) Summer 2022 Timetable*

Day

Lochboisdale Depart

Mallaig Arrive

Mallaig Depart

Lochboisdale Arrive

Monday & Saturday

0545

0915

0955

1325

 

1400

1730

1800

2130

Tues, Wed, Thur, Fri & Sun

0940

1310

1350

1720

*Pending fleet overhaul plans. The service is expected to revert to a daily return service to Oban when LOTI is in overhaul.

 

Uig Harbour Closure - Service Continuity

Resilience of Services

Weather is a significant factor in delivering ferry services. As such any periods of adverse weather or conditions may require amendments to timetables as with normal services.

 

Planning 

Lochboisdale - Mallaig sailings are expected to be busier than usual throughout the closure, customers who regularly travel on this route are advised to plan their journey in advance.

 

Commercial Bookings

Limited commercial bookings will be available on MV Hebrides and MV LOTI for the duration of the closure.

 

Customer Requirements

CalMac will advertise the limitations on service and passengers planning to travel are made aware of the closures. School Trips CalMac will liaise with The Highland Council and CnES during the closure to try and accommodate any school trips planned during this period.

 

Feedback 

We are keen to hear your feedback and seek to understand:

Requirement for shuttles bus/coach connections • Requirement for foot passenger service, how regularly is it required and between which locations? E.g. Uig - Tarbert or Uig - Lochmaddy.

 

Next Steps

  • CalMac will make a recommendation to Transport Scotland regarding proposed service model

  • Once agreed CalMac will inform community and implement plans 

  • Regular updates will be provided to community and will be published on service updates webpage

 

Further Questions/Contacts 

If you have any further queries or feedback, please contact a member of the Project Team.

Darrell Broom - SkyeTriangleUpgrades@calmac.co.uk

Danielle Neutgens - Danielle.Neutgens@calmac.co.uk

Download the slide pack for the Uig Harbour Closure Community Consultation held in April 2022 here [311KB]

 

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