Fort William link road to be considered by Transport Scotland

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A link road for Fort William is to be considered by Transport Scotland after its latest Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR 2) was published this week.

Congestion in the peak tourist season has been particularly problematic for the West Highland town, with long delays for southbound traffic on the A830 and A82 and vehicles sitting in queues of over an hour on a regular basis.

The prospect of a link road could also vastly increase the resilience of the trunk road network around Fort William, which at times has seen diversions of more than five hours.

Page 148 of the report states: ‘Integrated transport plan for Fort William to increase resilience and reliability on the trunk road to improve sustainable transport and enhance the sense of place in the local community. This could potentially include improvements online and/or a new link road to enable enhanced sustainable transport provision.’

Yesterday’s (Thursday) announcement is being viewed as a significant step forward for Lochaber by its constituency MSP, Kate Forbes, who has been battling to improve matters since first elected back in 2016.

Giving her reaction, Ms Forbes told us: ‘STPR2 has been published and I’m delighted and relieved to see an explicit commitment to improving transport in Fort William.

Local constituency MSP Kate Forbes, pictured, has welcomed mention of Fort William's roads network in the review. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO-F48-KATE-FORBES-A82-02-scaled.jpg
Local constituency MSP Kate Forbes, pictured, has welcomed mention of Fort William’s roads network in the review. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos
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‘I’ve always said that the key was getting Fort William and the A82 included in STPR2, which is the Government’s long-term transport strategy.

‘The next step is a public consultation and an implementation plan which are both key. However, I’m grateful that we have ensured inclusion of Fort William in the STPR2.’