Works starts on new Glen Ne­vis bridge and path

The Oban Times - - News -

A NEW bridge and path are be­ing built at Glen Ne­vis Vis­i­tor Cen­tre.

Work on the bridge at the High­land Coun­cil- owned cen­tre was due to start last Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 31, and will see the old struc­ture be­ing re­placed with a new cross­ing across the river.

The ex­ist­ing bridge at the youth hos­tel will also be up­graded and the river­side path be­tween the vis­i­tor cen­tre and youth hos­tel will be up­graded.

The project is be­ing de­liv­ered by High­land Coun­cil, Ne­vis Land­scape Part­ner­ship and is funded by High­land Coun­cil, Her­itage Lot­tery Fund, High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prises, Scot­tish Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme and Sport Scot­land.

Ding­wall-based con­sult­ing en­gi­neers, Wal­lace Stone, worked with High­land Coun­cil and other stake­hold­ers to de­velop de­signs for the bridge.

Coun­cil­lor Au­drey Sin­clair of the plan­ning com­mit­tee said: ‘Th­ese im­prove­ments will en­able a far wider range of vis­i­tors to en­joy the lower-level scenery and splen­dour of the glen and at the same time pro­vide es­sen­tial safety in­for­ma­tion and guid­ance for any­one climb­ing higher in the Ne­vis Range.

In ad­di­tion to in­vest­ment in the bridge, the High­land Coun­cil is also con­tribut­ing £ 35,000 to re­fur­bish the vis­i­tor cen­tre to pro­vide new, in­for­ma­tive dis­plays with vi­tal moun­tain safety in­for­ma­tion for those ven­tur­ing to the sum­mit of Ben Ne­vis.

Dur­ing con­struc­tion work, di­ver­sions will be in place to main­tain ac­cess to Ben Ne­vis. The youth hos­tel bridge will be closed un­til Fri­day De­cem­ber 2. The river­side path will be closed be­tween un­til Fe­bru­ary 7 next year, with ac­cess via Ach­in­tee re­main­ing open at all times.

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