New bridge help­ing to im­prove glen ac­cess

The Oban Times - - News -

A NEW bridge to take walk­ers over the River Ne­vis to­wards the Ben Ne­vis path has been in­stalled to help im­prove ac­ces­si­bil­ity in Glen Ne­vis.

The bridge is closer to the Glen Ne­vis vis­i­tor cen­tre than the one it re­places.

The bridge was de­signed by Ding­wall-based Wal­lace Stone, which worked with High­land Coun­cil and other stake­hold­ers. The High­land Coun­cil awarded the works con­tract to Fion Con­struc­tion Ltd, based in Fort Wil­liam. Fion Con­struc­tion con­tracted AJ En­gi­neer­ing to build and in­stall the 42m bridge, which was man­u­fac­tured in For­res and trans­ported in sec­tions to the site at Glen Ne­vis.

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

AJ En­gi­neer­ing’s pro­ject manager Gary Moir said the in­stal­la­tion went ‘like clock­work’.

‘It’s hoped it will draw more peo­ple into the vis­i­tor cen­tre,’ he added.

Alex Far­quhar, chair­man of Ne­vis Part­ner­ship, said: ‘This pro­ject will al­low ac­cess to the river­side to all sec­tions of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and pro­vide an en­hanced ex­pe­ri­ence to the in­creas­ing vis­i­tor num­bers to the area.’

Left to right: Gary Moir, pro­ject manager; Clark Hur­ley, fabri­ca­tion fore­man; and Ally Stevens and Cliff Robert­son, in­stal­la­tion, at the new Glen Ne­vis bridge.

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