Councillor hails start of Corpach crossing works


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The new pedestrian crossing being built at Corpach is ‘a must’, according to Lochaber councillor Ben Thompson who said that any disruption caused will be worth it in the long run.

Work recently started on the new £90,000 puffin crossing on the A830 in Corpach. There were some minor complaints made about the disruption caused by the works and the reduction in number of parking spaces outside the Co-op supermarket.

Caol and Mallaig ward councillor Ben Thompson thanked everyone who has been disrupted by the works for their patience.

‘It’s great getting a crossing there,’ he said. ‘There is a lot of pressure on the A830 and the number of heavy lorries has increased in the last few years. So there’s been pressure from the community councils to do something to make it safer.’

Mr Thompson acknowledged that the new crossing will reduce the number of parking spaces for Co-op shoppers but said that its worth it for improved road safety.

‘When I’ve been out campaigning, road safety issues is the number one issue across my ward. Everyone feels having a safer crossing at the Co-op is a must. Crossing that road is difficult so this will have the affect of narrowing the road and allowing people to stop traffic.’

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.