Second Day of Arran Ferry Disruption

Operational issues at Ardrossan have resulted in this very rare occasion - Photo Credit: David Walker
Operational issues at Ardrossan have resulted in this very rare occasion - Photo Credit: David Walker

Disruption to one of the busiest ferry services in Scotland has entered a second day with the linkspan at Ardrossan Harbour still out of action.

This has resulted in the MV Caledonian Isles diverting to Troon as an emergency measure in order to keep at least a basic service in operation to and from Brodick on the Isle of Arran.

Bad weather this morning (7th Oct) cancelled all ferry sailings before 11am, with a review deeming the service was safe to travel from the onwards.

The following information has been issued by ferry operators Calmac:

Due to an improvement in the weather and the continued failure of both linkspans at Ardrossan, an amended timetable will operate, weather dependant, between Brodick & Troon.

Due to a lack of ticketing facilities available at Troon, we ask that any passengers wishing to travel without a pre-booked ticket are able to pay using cash as we may be unable to accept debit/credit cards or cheques.

The timetable will be as follows:

Depart Brodick – 13:55 (For traffic originally booked on 13:55)

Arrive Troon – 15:20

Depart Troon – 16:20 (For traffic originally booked on 15:20 Ardrossan departure)

Arrive Brodick – 17:40

Depart Brodick – 18:10 (For traffic originally booked on 16:40)

Arrive Troon – 19:30

Depart Troon – 20:15 (For traffic originally book on 18:00 Ardrossan departure)

Arrive Brodick – 21:40

Customers booked on the above sailings do not need to phone to rebook their sailings. Original tickets will be accepted.

Due to the weather forecast, the vessel will berth overnight in Brodick meaning the 19:20 sailing from Brodick is cancelled. Any traffic booked on this sailing are asked to call us to rebook on the delayed 16:40 sailing.

Due to using Troon as an emergency port whilst the linkspan issue is ongoing, please note there are no passenger facilities in Troon. Passenger facilities will be available on board as normal. Please take this into consideration when making plans to travel.

Customers are advised there are no parking facilities at Troon port. Therefore, foot passengers travelling by car need to park in Ardrossan and get the bus, provided by CalMac Ferries, to Troon. The bus for foot passengers will depart Ardrossan at 15:10 to connect with the 16:20 Troon departure and depart Ardrossan at 18:50 to connect with the 20:15 departure from Troon.

Please note: Unbooked customers and customers displaced from this morning’s sailings are advised to travel on the Claonaig – Lochranza service. Transport will be arranged for foot passengers from Ardrossan – Troon and Troon – Ardrossan.

CalMac is exerting pressure on Peel Ports to bring the Ardrossan Linkspan back into service. Investigations remain ongoing and we hope to resolve the issue with the linkspan as soon as possible.

Tuesday 8th October – Due to the vessel berthing overnight in Brodick, the 07:00 sailing from Ardrossan has been cancelled.