MSP urges locals to help identify worst parts of Lochaber stretch of deadly A82 trunk road

Local constituency MSP Kate Forbes, pictured, is appealing for Lochaber residents to help identify the worst sections of the A82 trunk road. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO-F48-KATE-FORBES-A82-02-scaled.jpg
Local constituency MSP Kate Forbes, pictured, is appealing for Lochaber residents to help identify the worst sections of the A82 trunk road. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO-F48-KATE-FORBES-A82-02-scaled.jpg

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A call has been made for Lochaber residents to help identify the worst parts of one of Scotland’s deadliest roads – the A82.

MSP Kate Forbes has made the appeal so she can lobby for these areas to be made a priority when it comes to improvement work.

To help with her campaign, Ms Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, wants constituents familiar with the road, including those in Lochaber, to fill in a new online survey to highlight blackspots.

Though there is widespread consensus the A82 trunk road – which runs from Glasgow to Inverness via Loch Lomond, Glencoe and Fort William – needs to be improved, there is less public agreement over tangible next steps.

Since 2017, more than 20 people have lost their lives through accidents on the A82 and there have been a spate of accidents in recent weeks – sadly including another fatality.

Ms Forbes, whose vast constituency includes the majority of the A82 route as it passes through Glencoe up Loch Ness-side, said she will use the survey results to lobby for realistic and evidence-based improvements.

Launching the survey today (Thursday), Ms Forbes told the Lochaber Times there has been a lot of discussion about the need to improve the A82 in recent weeks.

‘I know some stretches are worse than others and there has been very little discussion on prioritising certain stretches. Between Inverness and Fort William, there are some parts that have been improved and other parts that desperately need investment,’ she said.

‘In Fort William itself, years of congestion and traffic tailbacks have demonstrated the need for an alternative route. Further south, Inverarnan to Tyndrum is scheduled for significant upgrade work but further on, the road from Onich to Fort William isn’t great.

‘The purpose here is to invite people that live along the A82 to share their views on how to prioritise the worst parts of the route.

‘I will continue to campaign for improvements to the A82. That’s why we’ve seen some progress already, with significant investment scheduled for the A82 in the coming years. But that won’t fix all the worst stretches.’

The survey – which can be found on https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VJZLKL3  – asks which sections people feel should be a priority and in Lochaber these include the stretches from:

Invergarry to Spean Bridge;

Spean Bridge to Fort William;

Fort William link road;

Fort William to Corran Ferry junction;

Corran Ferry junction to Ballachulish Bridge

Ballachulish Bridge to Glencoe Mountain Resort turn-off

Glencoe Mountain Resort turn-off to Bridge of Orchy