Works starts on Corpach puffin crossing

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Work was due to start this week on the new £90,000 puffin crossing being installed on the A830 in Corpach.

The new puffin crossing – which is controlled by sensors mounted on the lights that can detect whether any pedestrians are on the crossing and changes the colour of the lights accordingly – will replace the existing uncontrolled crossing point near the Co-op store, allowing pedestrians to safely cross the A830 and help improve road safety on the route.

As well as the installation of the new traffic signals, work will also include drainage improvements, carriageway resurfacing, footway reconstruction, new road markings and signage improvements.

The improvements were scheduled to start on Monday and will take up to five weeks to complete, with works taking place between 9.30am and 4pm from Mondays to Fridays during the project.

To ensure the safety of road workers and motorists, temporary traffic lights will be in place on the A830 in Corpach during working hours.

Temporary pedestrian access will be arranged throughout the works to allow safe access through the site. All traffic management will be removed outside of working hours to keep any disruption to road users to a minimum.

Consultation has been carried out with the local community council, the local authority, businesses, residents and other relevant stakeholders to make them aware of the plans and share information about the project.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said: ‘The new controlled crossing facility in Corpach will allow users to safely cross this section of the A830, helping to improve road safety for the community.

‘The traffic management arrangements are essential for the protection of our workforce as well as motorists and pedestrians, however we’ve arranged these works to take place during the daytime and our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and as safely as possible.’