Plan to widen A82 to 7.3 me­tres wel­comed

The Oban Times - - News -

TRANS­PORT Min­is­ter Humza Yousaf has con­firmed the width of the A82 car­riage­way be­tween Tar­bet and In­ver­ar­nan will be in­creased to 7.3 me­tres.

The an­nounce­ment was made at the A82 sum­mit in Cri­an­larich on Fri­day June 23.

Mr Yousaf said: ‘Up­grad­ing this part of the trunk road will lead to im­proved jour­ney times and re­li­a­bil­ity and will ben­e­fit freight car­ri­ers.’

Tran­port Scot­land con­sul­tants had main­tained the up­grade only jus­ti­fied a six me­tre car­riage­way.

Brian Mur­phy, chair­man of The A82 Part­ner­ship, said: ‘This is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of the govern­ment lis­ten­ing to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and re­flect­ing these views in their de­ci­sion-mak­ing process.’

Alas­dair Fer­gu­son, of Fer­gu­son Trans­port and Ship­ping and a mem­ber of the A82 Part­ner­ship, said: ‘Mak­ing this stretch of road 7.3m wide is for­ward think­ing to the ben­e­fit of all A82 road users. It will make the road fit for pur­pose for the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the west coast of Scot­land and is es­sen­tial to im­prove safety and re­li­a­bil­ity.’

It is un­der­stood traf­fic or­ders will be is­sued and land ac­qui­si­tion ne­go­ti­a­tions will start next year. Ad­dress­ing the is­sue of con­ges­tion in and around Fort Wil­liam, the min­is­ter also agreed to work with High­land Coun­cil and Trans­port Scot­land to com­mis­sion a strate­gic trans­port as­sess­ment. This will take ac­count of the present traf­fic grid lock and the im­pact of planned eco­nomic and hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in and around Fort Wil­liam.

A spokesper­son for Lochaber com­mu­nity coun­cils ex­pressed sup­port for the A82 up­grade and said: ‘Each com­mu­nity coun­cil has its own con­cerns about the road and we ap­pre­ci­ate this sum­mit can­not be a fo­rum to dis­cuss them all.

‘Our re­sponse to this, in the spirit of the Com­mu­nity Em­pow­er­ment Act, 2015, is to pro­vide the min­is­ter with let­ters on be­half of our in­di­vid­ual com­mu­ni­ties.

‘These sub­mis­sions de­tail some of the con­cerns and po­ten­tial con­flicts we are aware of and of­fer pro­posed so­lu­tions we think will ad­dress the needs of all par­ties and in­ter­ested groups.

‘It is vi­tal proper, on­go­ing con­sul­ta­tion takes place with com­mu­ni­ties along the A82 to safe­guard the liveli­hoods and busi­nesses of our res­i­dents.’

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