Delayed Glenfinnan rail bridge project now hoped to start in early 2022

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It looks like delayed work to replace the Slatach bridge carrying the A830 trunk road over the rail line at the western edge of Glenfinnan and ancillary work to create a new stretch of trunk road, might now start some time early next year.

Asked when the delayed work would finally get underway – work on compulsory purchase orders for the land required were due to be completed by mid-March of 2019 – a Transport Scotland spokesperson told the Lochaber Times there had been some hitches in progressing the transfer of ownership.

‘Transport Scotland has engaged with Network Rail in respect of the acquisition of three plots of land in their ownership, which are required for the scheme to progress,’ the spokesperson explained.

‘Unfortunately, Network Rail’s technical and commercial processes that would allow the transfer of ownership have taken significantly longer than anticipated and have yet to be concluded.

‘It is hoped that these matters can be resolved early this year, allowing works to begin on site in early 2022.’