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…

Reduced Speed Limit for Nether Lochaber

Residents in North Ballachulish and Onich have been calling for a reduced speed limit on the A82 through Nether Lochaber for some time. It’s a cause that local councillors have highlighted to Transport Scotland on many occasions. At long last, it looks as though a reduced 50mph will be introduced from the Ballachulish Bridge roundabout…

Grass contractors apologise for community orchard damage

Following a week of extremely bad publicity, ISS, the contractors responsible for cutting council grass in Lochaber, has been forced into another embarrassing apology. The front page of this week’s Lochaber News featured the disgraceful lack of care and attention these contractors have shown for the job that council taxpayers pay them to do. Although…

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…

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…

Think again on A82 closure

Transport Scotland needs to think again on their latest A82 closure plan before they damage our tourist trade at the beginning of the season. In a consultation, published just four working days before the Easter break, they asked for opinions on a proposal to upgrade another section of the A82, in Onich, starting on 21st…

A82 resurfacing work to start at Onich

Initially planned for last year, the long awaited resurfacing of the A82, at Onich, starts on Sunday 24th February. Before Christmas, I met with Transport Scotland to discuss details of the road works. I wanted to ensure the disruption, which is inevitable when resurfacing 1.3 miles of trunk road, is kept to an absolute minimum…