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Corran Ferry returns to normal (17/12/10)
Today (Friday 17 December, 2010), the MV Corran returned to its normal duties on the Nether Lochaber slipway. Despite the recent adverse wintry weather the contractor, George Leslie, has kept on schedule and has succeeded in completing the works to the slipway one week early providing a most welcome Christmas present for the local community.
The floating pier is now being dismantled and will be departing from Corran on Sunday (19 December). The public are reminded that between 2pm and 5pm on Sunday 19 December there will be a suspension of the ferry to allow the tug to manoeuvre the barge from its onshore foundations and moorings. The floating pier owned by JST Services Ltd has been a big success and has operated efficiently as a temporary berth for the ferry since October.
Councillor Brian Murphy, Vice-Chairman of The Highland Council’s Transport Environmental and Community Services Committee, said that the council was indebted to the community for their forbearance over the period of the contract and was pleased that the works were finished on time. In particular the Council wanted to thank local landowner Morag Macintosh for her assistance and help throughout the contract and making key areas of land available for the contractor.
Councillor Michael Foxley, Leader of the Council’s Administration, said: “This investment will secure the future of the ferry and its operation onto the slipway well into the future and I am delighted that an innovative solution has been found to keep the ferry operational during the complex works to the slipway. I also would like to thank the community for their support over the past few months.”