The government has allocated £7.3m of funding towards the scheme to improve harbour infrastructure at both St Mary’s and Penzance plus a further £1.8m to repair and resurface public roads on the island.
The harbour scheme will see the pier extended and widened at St Mary’s, along with provision of new freight storage facilities and improved access for passengers. It also includes dredging and some highway improvements in Penzance.
The roads funding for the Council of the Isles of Scilly will fund resurfacing for the majority of the local road network on the island and is a one off payment. The work will be done at the same time as resurfacing of the island’s runway, while all the necessary plant and machinery is already on the island.
The harbour infrastructure works are expected to begin this September and be completed by June 2015, with the St Mary’s Quay extension to be complete by March 2015 ahead of the summer season.