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In a move that has surprised few, Uig Pier will be closed for a further five days until Saturday, December 16.

The closure of the pier by Highland Council to enable pier upgrading was initially planned for six weeks, but progress has been hampered this month by both Storm Ciaran and Storm Debi.

As the weather halted work to replace the pier’s fendering system, the pier will remain closed to enable crane operations for welding and dive access. It had been planned to put the pier back into service on Saturday, December 11.

Announcing the delay, Highland Council explained the decision had been taken to avoid unnecessary uncertainty. The course of action was arrived at in consultation with contractor RJ McLeod, Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL), Transport Scotland, and CalMac.

Chair of The Highland Council’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee, Cllr Ken Gowans, said: “Due to the extreme weather experienced throughout November, it is understandable the outage period has had to be lengthened.

"While alternative plans require to be extended for a further short period, this will enable the works to be completed safely and to a high standard.”

The existing alternative ferry services timetable will continue until the works are completed.