Welcome for lower speed limit through Nether Lochaber

Transport Scotland headquarters sent out a lot of confusing messages over the last few months, following their review of speed limits along the A82. First of all, they recommended reducing the limit to 50mph from the Ballachulish Bridge roundabout through to the Onich Hotel. Then they decided their traffic data didn’t support this reduction, so…

Top cop gets policing grilling

The police commander, Chief Inspector Colin Gough, responsible for local policing in Lochaber faced questions from councillors at the area committee this week. My concerns about police numbers in the area, the failing of the non-emergency 101 number and the frequent closure of the counter at Fort William police station have all been previously reported.…

No further forward with town link road

A significant pinch point on the A82 trunk road between Glasgow and Inverness is the section from Fort William’s West End roundabout through to the Lochybridge roundabout. Assuming the development around the planned Tesco at Blar Mhor goes ahead, this is likely to increase as people are tempted to the north side of town for…

Forestry Commission reassurance on A82 felling

Many residents have contacted me about the ongoing forestry work alongside the A82 between Onich and Fort William, concerned about the risk of landslides following tree felling. Also, some people asked about what work would be done to soften the rather stark after effects of the felling process. They are concerns also shared by Nether…

Loch Lomondside A82 closed next week

I have received notification of an urgent closure of the A82 between Tarbet and the north end of Loch Lomond planned for next week. The closure is dependent on the Transport Minister giving approval, but is planned to close the road on Tuesday 21st January, Wednesday 22nd January and Thursday 23rd January between 9.30am and…

Transport Scotland postpone A82 road works

Transport Scotland this week postponed their latest crazy plan to operate overnight closures on the A82 through North Ballachulish and Onich at the start of the tourist season. The decision follows fierce opposition from local residents and businesses, supported by me as local councillor. It’s brilliant news that the public body, responsible for our trunk…