Road issues prioritised in Lochaber and Highland

A jetpatcher has been hired for a one month programme to repair urgent potholes prioritised in Lochaber.

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A bid to fund the design and delivery of more than £55 million of transport infrastructure in the Highlands has been submitted to Transport Scotland.

A partnership including The Highland Council, bus operators and other stakeholders has put together a package of measures to prioritise buses in congested parts of the network.

The bid includes proposals to create park and ride sites around Inverness and Fort William, supported by priority bus lanes and junctions, as well as mini park and ride sites across the strategic road network.

Such interventions, coupled with improvements in Dingwall and specific measures associated with tourists in Skye, Invergordon and Fort William, set the ambition for the region to dramatically tackle its carbon footprint by reducing dependence on private cars and ensuring people have fair access to healthy transport choices.

Councillor Trish Robertson, chairwoman of Highland Council’s Economy, Development and Infrastructure committee, said: ‘The Bus Partnership Fund offers the Highlands the chance of significant investment in a modern, multi-modal transport network.’

Elsewhere, Lochaber Area Committee members have approved a prioritised roads maintenance programme, based on current area priorities, for 2021/22.

The capital budget allocation for Lochaber is £1,237,454 and the agreed priorities in the approved road maintenance schedule are: Surface dressing works on the A884 and B8043; inlay works at East Bay Mallaig, Lundavra Road, Lanark Place and Henderson Row; overlay works at Morar village, Mingarry and Torlundy Road; patching on various routes including Burnside Road (Strontian), Fersit, Loch Arkaig, Albert Road, and Angus Crescent.

Members were informed that a jetpatcher has been hired for a month to repair potholes in Lochaber.