Ferguson Transport boss urges support for MSP’s A82 campaign

Alasdair Ferguson, pictured with the Business Leader of the Year Award at the 2019 Highland Business Awards, says he has already filled in the A82 survey and is encouraging others to do the same.. Photograph: James MacKenzie. NO F41 Alasdair Ferguson - Business Leader of the Year 2019
Alasdair Ferguson, pictured with the Business Leader of the Year Award at the 2019 Highland Business Awards, says he has already filled in the A82 survey and is encouraging others to do the same.. Photograph: James MacKenzie. NO F41 Alasdair Ferguson - Business Leader of the Year 2019

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One of Lochaber’s major business leaders has thrown his weight behind the new campaign to tackle blackspots along the A82 trunk road.

Last week we reported how local MSP Kate Forbes was launching a new online survey and appealing for local residents to give their views on what sections they felt needed tackled as a priority.

Now, after the Lochaber Times published the story on its front page last week, comes news that hundreds of people have already contributed to the survey.

Among them is Alasdair Ferguson, group managing director of Ferguson Transport and Shipping – one of Lochaber’s best known business success stories.

Mr Ferguson told the Lochaber Times: ‘As the group managing director of Ferguson Transport, I am pleased to see Kate Forbes taking a real active interest and finding out more first hand for herself what the A82 is really like.

‘I have already filled in the survey and likewise would encourage everyone who uses the A82 to do so. The whole road from Inverness to Glasgow is horrendous and in some parts more significant than others.

‘We read every week of serious incidents and accidents , the chaos and the grief it causes. The heartache and sorrow along with untold cost to businesses who rely on this arterial route, the essential, and in some cases, the only route to the west coast of Scotland, and thereafter the link to the capital of the Highlands.

‘We all deserve better and I would personally like to see the A82 at the top of any road improvement and upgrade list – there is not many could argue against the case which has to continue to be made, based on facts.’

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.

Ms Forbes intends using the survey results to lobby for realistic and evidence-based improvements.

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

‘I am amazed that hundreds of people have submitted their views to the survey, and I hope that I can get more than 1,000 responses before it closes in a few weeks’ time,’ Ms Forbes commented this week.

You can find the survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VJZLKL3