Work starts on ‘life-changing’ road

Tim Vollum, Martin Shields and Gill Vollum from Isle of Kerrera Development Trust as work starts on the new road

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Work has started on Kerrera’s new road.

Machinery from Barrachander Quarry arrived on the island ready to begin on the project that will connect Kerrera’s ‘northenders’ with the lifeline CalMac ferry that crosses to Gallanach on the mainland.

Isle of Kerrera Development Trust (IKDT) says all going well, the road should be built in two to three months.

Isle of Kerrera Development Trust chairman Martin Shields watches with daughter Nancy as the machines make a start on the new road.
Start of the new Kerrera road, connecting northenders to the lifeline CalMac ferry service in the south

The new road will be life-changing for people living on the island and is being made possible with funding from the Scottish Government’s Infrastructure Investment Plan. Argyll-based A& L McRae Ltd is the contractor for the first stage.

For the second stage, Argyll and Bute Council will be funding and delivering topping the track with tar before March 2022 and IKDT will then work with the authority to get the road adopted.

Once built the new road will allow the island’s two separated populations to finally become one strong, vibrant community that can thrive and grow together.

Kerrera resident and Link Road Project Manager Martin Shields said it was incredible to see the huge machines mobilising for this ‘monumental project.’

‘At times it has felt like it would never happen so it’s great to see them
making headway along the route. The road is going to have such a positive impact for the whole of Kerrera, in particular for the North end residents, who will finally have access to the Calmac lifeline service as well as our new community hub at the old school. It will also give the rest of the island access to the excellent marina facilities in the north and allow us to work on a much needed island-wide resilience plan,’ he said.

David Keys, who has lived in North Kerrera for 25 years, said: ‘ We will have, for the first time, guaranteed access to a public ferry with all the benefits that brings and the ability to meet our fellow islanders without a cross country trek or
quad bike ride in the middle of winter. Our thanks to the Scottish Government’s Islands team and Argyll and Bute Council for enabling this to happen and for the many hours of community input over the last 20 odd years to get to this point.’