Clearing town centre congestion a priority
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.’