Po­lice gear up for cy­clist on­slaught

The Oban Times - - The Oban Times & West Highland Times -

PO­LICE will be scour­ing the A82 on mo­tor­bikes to en­sure safety as 800 cy­clists de­scend on Lochaber’s trunk road next week.

Lochaber chief in­spec­tor Colin Gough as­sured coun­cil­lors there will be a strong pres­ence when the pedal bik­ers travel north from Cri­an­larich next Fri­day (Septem­ber 11) as part of the sec­ond an­nual Deloitte cy­cle event.

Fort Wil­liam and Ard­na­mur­chan coun­cil­lor Brian Mur­phy, who also chairs road im­prove­ment cam­paign group the A82 Part­ner­ship, raised con­cerns about the safety and traf­fic im­pact of the cy­cle at the Lochaber area com­mit­tee meet­ing last week.

Dur­ing last year’s ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats mother of two, Sally Preece, died when her bike col­lided with a car on the A85 near Loch Earn.

Mr Mur­phy said: ‘It’s go­ing to cause chaos on the A82. I know it’s too late for this year but next year we should try to per­suade them to go via the A9. It’s a much wider road with a much bet­ter road sur­face.’

In­spec­tor Gough said as it was a ‘non- com­pet­i­tive event’ there was lit­tle po­lice could do to pre­vent or change the route.

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