Clear­ing town cen­tre con­ges­tion a pri­or­ity

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

THE HIGH­LAND Coun­cil is to look at ways of eas­ing con­ges­tion through Fort Wil­liam as a mat­ter of ur­gency af­ter con­tin­ued tail­backs on the A82.

A mo­tion put to the coun­cil this week, signed by Coun­cil­lor N McLean, Coun­cil­lor A Bax­ter and Coun­cil­lor M Smith stated: ‘High­land Coun­cil ac­knowl­edges that con­ges­tion on the A82, as it passes through Fort Wil­liam, has reached a point where it is caus­ing un­ac­cept­able de­lays for all road users. High­land Coun­cil ac­knowl­edges the eco­nomic im­pact and wider in­con­ve­nience caused by the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion is un­ac­cept­able and needs ur­gent ac­tion.

‘High­land Coun­cil urges Transport Scot­land to bring for­ward the pro­posed strate­gic transport ap­praisal of the wider Fort Wil­liam area.

‘High­land Coun­cil will write to the transport min­is­ter to pro­vide an up­date on the cur­rent po­si­tion and urge that the ap­praisal is car­ried out as a pri­or­ity. Con­cur­rent to the ap­praisal process, short-term mea­sures must be in­ves­ti­gated and ex­e­cuted by Transport Scot­land to bring im­me­di­ate re­lief.’

High vol­umes of traf­fic in the town this sum­mer re­sulted in reg­u­lar tail­backs of up to seven miles on the A82, mean­ing three-mile, south­bound jour­neys through the town could take up to an hour.

Coun­cil­lor Al­lan Hen­der­son, chair­man of the places com­mit­tee, added: ‘Work is un­der way on a pre-ap­praisal to be led by the coun­cil with help from Transport Scot­land and HI­TRANS which I hope will take us fur­ther for­ward in get­ting im­prove­ments.’

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