Im­prove­ments vi­tal at en­trance to town

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, The re­cent in­ter­na­tional ap­praisal from the Lonely Planet Guide re­gard­ing our beau­ti­ful, rugged West High­land Line, re­minds us of the need for all com­mu­nity groups, lo­cal gov­ern­ment and Holy­rood min­is­ters to take ac­tion to im­prove the ar­rival ex­pe­ri­ence to our town.

Fort Wil­liam, the cap­i­tal town of Lochaber, at­tracts up to 500,000 vis­i­tors to an area rich in his­tory, an­cient and mod­ern. It also re­quires much-needed in­fras­truc­ture im­prove­ments to its coastal area, such as a cruise ship land­ing stage and im­proved shore­line ameni­ties close to the West High­land Sta­tion, in the heart of the world fa­mous Great Glen.

This in­vest­ment would ben­e­fit the large area north to Loch Ness, west to the Road to the Isles and south­west to Glen­coe and Oban, with an eco­nomic rip­ple ef­fect to all tourist op­er­a­tors.

The tourism busi­ness is re­ported to be the largest industry in Scot­land and grow­ing an­nu­ally, so it would seem the busi­ness case is un­de­ni­able.

N MacLean, Fort Wil­liam.

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