Trans­port min­is­ter con­firms A82 to be widened

The Oban Times - - News -

THE A82 be­tween Tar­bet and In­ver­ar­nan is set to be­come a 7.3m wide car­riage­way, the Scot­tish Govern­ment con­firmed to­day.

Trans­port min­is­ter Humza Yousaf an­nounced Trans­port Scot­land will take for­ward this de­sign as the pre­ferred op­tion at the A82 sum­mit in Cri­an­larich on Fri­day.

The Scot­tish Govern­ment in­vested £11 mil­lion last year on the A82, and is in­vest­ing a fur­ther £11 mil­lion this year.

Mr Yousaf said: ‘ We have looked at the ev­i­dence for the A82 and there has been a marked in­crease in traf­fic flows sug­gest­ing the need for a wider car­riage­way on the chal­leng­ing stretch from Tar­bet to In­ver­ar­nan.’

Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil’s pol­icy lead for roads and amenity, Coun­cil­lor Roddy McCuish, said: ‘ This work will de­liver bet­ter two-way ac­cess for HGVs and a safer route due to the 7.3m width, and also mean fu­ture main­te­nance can be sin­gle lane clo­sures as the ad­di­tional width pro­vides more re­silience and re­li­a­bil­ity.’

At Oban Com­mu­nity Coun­cil on Mon­day evening Mr McCuish again wel­comed the news and said he would be work­ing with the govern­ment to en­sure enough signs were was in place to make the road to Oban at­trac­tive from Tyn­drum.

Humza Yousaf

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.