Our new ferry Loch Seaforth is taking shape on a shipyard in Germany, and is expected to take over from the Isle of Lewis in July 2014. On Monday 11th November, the Pier & Harbour Commission will have an open day at the Stornoway ferry terminal for displaying their plans for the new ferry terminal. As the Loch Seaforth is larger than the Isle of Lewis, reclamation works will have to be undertaken to accommodate all the traffic. I'm wondering why this is only now being thought about, 8 months before the new ferry comes into service.
And although the Loch Seaforth is supposed to take the overnight freight runs as well, the relevant report on Hebrides News
mentions that the linkspan on Pier #1 is to be refurbished - to take a
future freight service. A prudent measure. During the summer, the ferry
to Ullapool sails three times a day on Wednesday and Friday, leaving
Stornoway at 6.00 am and completing the service at 1.45 am. Leaving just
four and a bit hours to do the freight run which takes 8 hours back and forth. Well, I'm sorry, but even
in the Outer Hebrides, a day only has 24 hours, not 29.