Sol­diers Bridge re­vamp is com­pleted

The Oban Times - - Lochaber Times & Oban Times -

IM­PROVE­MENTS to a vi­tal com­mu­nity link in Fort Wil­liam have been com­pleted.

Pos­i­tive com­ments about the new-look Sol­diers Bridge have been com­ing in, but con­cerns have been raised about the In­ver­lochy side of it which has not been up­graded.

Sus­trans Scot­land, on be­half of Trans­port Scot­land, pro­vided £400,000 of fund­ing from its Na­tional Cy­cle Net­work Devel­op­ment Fund to re­place the north­ern ramp and re­place the bridge deck and handrails.

Sus­trans told the Lochaber Times that due to landowner is­sues at the In­ver­lochy end of the bridge, it has not been up­graded. It said it would con­tinue to look at fur­ther im­prove­ment for the bridge in the fu­ture where pos­si­ble.

Sus­trans Scot­land engi­neer­ing and de­sign man­ager Paul Matthews said: ‘Sol­diers Bridge is a vi­tal link in the com­mu­nity and con­nects lo­cals and vis­i­tors on the Na­tional Cy­cle Net­work Route 78, the ‘Cale­do­nia Way’.

‘ We are de­lighted to see the im­prove­ment works com­plete and the bridge open again for use.

‘The up­grades to the Sol­diers Bridge have been de­liv­ered by The High­land Coun­cil and a lo­cal ac­cess group has been in­volved in the im­prove­ments.

‘Due to landowner is­sues, the In­ver­lochy end of the bridge has not been up­graded.

‘How­ever, the In­ver­lochy ramp has been in place and used for many years and re­mains safe and ac­ces­si­ble for use by the public.

‘Sus­trans will con­tinue to work with the coun­cil and all part­ners in­volved to main­tain and im­prove the route and con­sider op­tions for fur­ther im­prove­ment, such as the south­ern ramp, where pos­si­ble.’

A High­land Coun­cil spokesper­son added: ‘Be­fore the work started, ac­cess had been re­stricted to the bridge cross­ing for some time due to the fail­ure and sub­se­quent clo­sure of the north­ern ramp. The new ramp is wider and the bridge deck and handrails have also been re­placed.

‘ We thank walk­ers and cy­clists for their pa­tience dur­ing the works and for us­ing the di­ver­sion while work was un­der way. Now the Sol­dier’s Bridge has re- opened, this pop­u­lar route can once again be en­joyed by lo­cals and vis­i­tors to the area for many years to come.’

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