Wide load causes mid-day roads chaos on A82

The Oban Times - - News -

THERE was chaos on Fort Wil­liam’s roads on Mon­day when a wide-load lorry held up queues of traf­fic, writes El­lie Forbes.

The lorry, be­lieved to be head­ing to Glen­sanda Quarry, blocked the A82 be­tween Bal­lachul­ish and Fort Wil­liam around noon.

Queues of traf­fic built up on the trunk road over the lunch time rush as the load blocked the road.

To make mat­ters worse, there was ex­tra traf­fic on the road as a re­sult of the Cor­ran Ferry be­ing can­celled.

Ste­wart Ma­cLean from the A82 Part­ner­ship said: ‘Com­mon sense has gone out of the win­dow. Who ap­proved the move­ment of an ex­tremely wide load be­tween Fort Wil­liam and Cor­ran on a Mon­day morn­ing?

‘The road was blocked/se­verely re­stricted bring­ing chaos once again to the Lochaber com­mu­nity, busi­nesses and vis­i­tors.’

A po­lice spokesper­son told the

Lochaber Times the load did not have a po­lice es­cort and that lo­cal po­lice had not been made aware of it com­ing. How­ever Mr Ma­cLean said it had been es­corted by Po­lice Scot­land’s Ab­nor- mal Loads Team from Dundee. Mr Ma­cLean said: ‘We [the part­ner­ship] have had ab­so­lutely no in­for­ma­tion about it com­ing. We have cre­ated a fuss about this in the past be­cause of the tim­ing of these loads com­ing up the A82. They should be com­ing at night time.

‘It’s ab­so­lutely lu­di­crous it is com­ing through on a Mon­day morn­ing.’ Re­spond­ing to the news on the

Lochaber Times Face­book page, read­ers were shocked, call­ing the sit­u­a­tion a ‘farce’ and echo­ing the need for these wide loads to move at night.

Iain David­son said: ‘Why, oh why, would any­one do this through the day at this time of year? Stag­ger­ing.’

Gwyn Moses from Gallery in the Fort said: ‘It’s al­most like it’s de­lib­er­ately timed to make it most dif­fi­cult for peo­ple who live here or are just vis­it­ing.’

San­dra Jamieson said: ‘We got stuck in this. Why was this be­ing moved dur­ing the day, caus­ing ridicu­lous tail backs?’

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age. F29 wide load 01 IF

The wide load on the A82.

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