Work begins at Cairnryan

Work has started this week on a major construction project 
to provide the P&O Ferries-owned Port of Cairnryan with new facilities to support its ferry operations on the Irish Sea.

Civil engineering contractor McLaughlin & Harvey has been appointed to provide a new roll-on/roll-off linkspan at the port. This floating ramp structure will be used by freight and tourist vehicles shipping with P&O Ferries’ services to and from Larne by the end of the year.

James Esler, manager for P&O Ferries’ Scottish services, said: “The ferry crossing between Cairnryan and Larne is the shortest anywhere on the Irish Sea and is very popular with both our freight and tourist passengers. This investment will improve our product still further for the long term.”

In Northern Ireland, work is 
also under way on improvements 
to the A8 road to provide a dual-carriageway link from Larne into the motorway network.

P&O Ferries operates seven sailings daily in each direction between Cairnryan and Larne and a seasonal fast craft service between Larne and Troon.