Footway project gets under way at Sligachan

Temporary traffic lights in place during each phase.

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A new road safety project at the popular visitor area of Sligachan on the Isle of Skye has been announced, with the first phase getting under way next week.

The project will involve the installation of a new bus layby on the A87 opposite Sligachan Hotel and a section of new footway over a length of 125 metres to greatly improve pedestrian access and safety at this location.

In addition, works will also be undertaken to upgrade the drainage system, safety barriers, road signs at the location. Surfacing improvements and new road markings on the A87 will also provide safety benefits for all road users on this section of the trunk road.

The project was set to begin on Monday, March 22, and will be delivered in two phases with temporary traffic lights in place during each.

Temporary pedestrian access will be arranged for the duration of the works to maintain a safe route through the site.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said: ‘We’re pleased to begin works to install the new bus layby and footway on the A87 at Sligachan, which will make a real difference to public transport access and  pedestrian safety at this location.

‘The traffic management required to facilitate these works is essential, protecting our workforce and road users alike, and we encourage all road users to comply with any signs or temporary arrangements in place while our teams do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible.

‘We advise all road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date journey information.’

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on, twitter at @trafficscotland or mobile site