Lochaber MSP hopes for improvements to notorious A82 Fort William bottleneck

IF F23 Nevis Roundabout 02. Photo: Iain Ferguson.
IF F23 Nevis Roundabout 02. Photo: Iain Ferguson.

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The constituency MSP for Lochaber has said she hopes that a new report by BEAR Scotland, following the brief summer trial at the Nevis roundabout in Fort William, may lead to further improvement at the notorious bottleneck.

Often southbound traffic queues back on the A82 approaching from Spean Bridge and also from the A830 from Corpach, as the existing road infrastructure struggles to cope with the volume of vehicles in peak season.

Kate Forbes MSP has continued to raise the Fort William transport network in her regular meetings with Transport Scotland, and especially the need to reduce congestion for southbound traffic on the A82.

Local MSP Kate Forbes. NO-F-42-KATE-FORBES-SERIOUS-01.jpg
Local MSP Kate Forbes.

Ms Forbes said: ‘Transport Scotland has said it was a useful trial, and following consideration of the data the next steps will be outlined in the near future.

‘I know how frustrated people are – I myself have been stuck in the tailbacks many times, and I can only begin to wonder about the impact on those travelling every day for work, school and important healthcare appointments.

‘Though in some ways the Nevis Bridge roundabout and bridge are restricted geographically, especially with the water, there are still plenty of options to consider which may help the traffic flow smoother and I look forward to seeing the next report.

‘Of course over the long-term, particularly with the continued growth and investment in Fort William – which is great to see – the town is crying out for a link route and I remain fully committed to that.’