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06/09/2016

One way system trial for Oban Pier

Ferry operator CalMac and port owner Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd are to trial a one way traffic system at the Oban terminal. 

The trial, aimed at improving safety for pedestrians and to ease congestion on the pier, will start for a four week period from October 3.

All service and delivery traffic will now enter the site from Alma Crescent and will drive through one way only exiting via Station Square.

Other changes related to the trial include designating the area from the CalMac terminal building to Station Square a pedestrian only zone and street furniture being installed to separate loading bays from pedestrian areas. 

CalMac's head of harbours, Alasdair Henderson said:

'Safety on the pier needs to be our number one priority. With differing pier users all requiring vehicle access, the pier is crowded and the potential for pedestrian and vehicle incidents at the moment was judged unacceptable."

"The new system should simplify traffic flows and make management of all movement on the pier much easier for everyone, passengers, businesses and port staff."

Businesses affected by the changes have already been consulted and a further meeting will be held this month to discuss details of the trial. 

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