Work set to start on project to replace wooden jetty at port

The first visible signs of work towards the eventual replacement of the Victorian timber jetty at the Tweed Dock should be seen later this month.

Monday, 13th November 2017, 6:40 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 6:40 am
Alan Irving, chief executive of Berwick Harbour Commission Picture by Jane Coltman

Alan Irving, chief executive of Berwick Harbour Commission, reiterated his confidence in an exciting future for the port when he was guest speaker at a Berwick Rotary Club meeting.

The port received a £2million award from the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund in the summer.

Mr Irving had previously warned that the port would have to close immediately if the dilapidated structure, a vital navigational aid, collapsed.

He said that ships carrying from 1,500 to 3,200 tonnes would be able to use Berwick as long as the river and canal system in northern Europe continued to operate.

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He was excited by the prospect of cruise ships carrying passengers to Berwick and hoped there would be positive signs by 2019.

He welcomed this year’s successful boat trips on the Tweed and described the entire estuary as ‘a wonderful asset’.

There are also prospects of a pontoon being built at Berwick quayside.

Developments at the port would have a major impact on the town and would help employment, he predicted.

He suggested that an east-west motorway could open up the country and bring vast changes but he admitted he did not think it would ever happen.