Work starts soon on Kerrera’s new road

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Work will start next year on a track connecting north and south communities on Kerrera.

The new road will be ‘life-changing’ for people living on the island says Isle of Kerrera Development Trust chairman Martin Shields.

Islands Minister Paul Wheelhouse announced the good news on Monday, saying planning is under way to make sure the work is completed as soon as possible with  funding from the Scottish Government’s Infrastructure Investment Plan.

Costs for the project are still being identified and are expected to be finalised early in the new year.

Islands Minister Paul Wheelhouse said improving transport links will support more activities on the island and lead to improved economic and social sustainability.

‘We look forward to work starting next year and will continue to liaise with the local authority on potential options for the long-term maintenance of the new track,’ he added.

Mr Shields said: ‘The road project, to put things very simply, will be life-changing for the Isle of Kerrera residents. It will allow our two separated populations to finally become one strong, vibrant community that can thrive and grow together.

‘It will mean the whole community has equal access to all the island’s facilities and assets. Arguably the most important example of this will see the North Kerrera residents being able to utilise the CalMac lifeline ferry service in the south.

‘This project has been a very long time in the making and we are delighted to get the support of the Government Islands Team and we look forward to using this as a platform to work in partnership with the council to get the track to an adoptable standard.’