Choose Troon: Ask your questions

November 29, 2016

As part of its offer to host the Arran ferry service at Troon, ABP is today creating a forum for islanders to ask questions and feedback their views. The forum will also offer islanders a chance to say how they think the £50,000 annual donation from ABP to good causes on Arran should be spent.

There will be…

• A series of evening drop in sessions arranged at convenient locations on the island where the community can talk to ABP’s local port management team and marine professionals about the proposals. The first of these will be held at Auchrannie Resort in Brodick from 7-10pm on Monday, 12 December, followed by another session on Thursday, 15 December at the Kinloch Hotel, Blackwaterfoot, between 7 and 10pm. Further dates will be arranged across the island.

• Publication of a wide ranging set of answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help the community make an informed view on the proposals being put before them.

• Access to a direct email address, which will allow members of the Arran community to ask further questions. Send any questions to choosetroon@abports.co.uk

The initiatives follow ABP’s proposals to donate around £50,000 every year to good causes on Arran and fund a state-of-the-art new £8m ferry terminal, if the island’s lifeline ferry service relocates to its Port of Troon.

Troon not only offers a strong financial case for local people and the Scottish Government but also promises a transformation in the quality of service for islanders, who have seen as many as 253 sailings cancelled last year.

In contrast, Troon’s uniquely sheltered harbour offers the prospect of a reliable service for islanders, largely unaffected by adverse weather conditions. Troon also offers improved road and increased rail connections, with access to the upgraded A77/M77 motorway and four trains per hour to Glasgow.

ABP is in discussion with local stakeholders about providing electric shuttle busses for the four minute link to Troon mainline station, which has frequent connections to Glasgow, Ayr, Kilmarnock, Edinburgh and Prestwick Airport.

The Port of Troon is already well equipped to handle the next generation of Caledonian Macbrayne ferries destined to serve the route, which are currently under construction on the Clyde.

ABP Director Andrew Harston said: “We understand how for the people of Arran the ferry is a uniquely important service and so there are bound to be questions about what our proposal means. That’s why we are determined to make it as easy as possible to ask those questions and get a straight answer based on the facts.

“We are confident that Troon offers a better deal for the islanders and the Scottish Government. We are keen to help people cut through all the misinformation that is currently in the public domain and understand exactly what a fantastic opportunity is now on the table. We are also excited to see what suggestions people come up with for using the £50,000 for making maximum impact for local good causes.”