Work has started on a series of upgrades that aims to provide more efficient access
for ferry users at Stornoway harbour.
During April, additional marshalling approach lanes will be installed at the ferry
terminal. Together with corresponding changes to check-in procedures, the increased
capacity should reduce delays on Shell Street during busy early morning and lunchtime
Improvements are also being carried out to the terminal building car park and drop-off
These will include the mini roundabout at the terminal building being removed and
a new exit route created via a revised car park layout.
The changes will mean car parking will be closer to the building, turning areas at
the terminal building will be larger and there will be additional drop-off spaces
at the terminal, as well as improved passenger walkways and access.
The work is being carried out by Breedon Hebrides and follows discussions involving
Stornoway Port Authority, Calmac Ferries, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, and Transport
Scotland. The works are being 50 per cent funded by Transport Scotland.
The port authority is also working towards creating further drop-off areas within
its Shell Street long-stay car park, and it is anticipated this will be completed
before the summer.
The authority’s chief executive Alex MacLeod said: “In light of experience gained
in using the upgraded facilities, it became apparent that both the marshalling layout
and parking arrangement at the ferry terminal required further development.
“Working with our partners, the port authority has, over the last year, been investigating
alternative options to determine the safest and most efficient use of the ferry terminal
“Following these discussions, we have started the alterations which will lead to
significant improvements to the terminal area.
“Extensive traffic management arrangements will ensure that there will be minimal
effect on ferry terminal users during this time.”
Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf said: “I’m very pleased to see
this work get underway, which will help improve operations at Stornoway Harbour and
better manage the impact of ferry traffic on local roads.
“These new measures will also improve the customer experience, disabled access at
the terminal building, and safety for passengers and staff.
“I look forward to visiting the harbour once the work is complete and seeing the
new facilities in action.”