Lochaber Times leader 27-01-22

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This week we report on the publication of the second Strategic Transport Projects Review, basically comprising 45 recommendations which the the Scottish Government think will make travel more sustainable over the next two decades.

Among them is the welcome possibility of a link road for Fort William, which has long been in dire need of action to tackle the horrendous congestion and traffic snarl-ups that plague this stretch of the A82, especially during the tourist season.

But it should be noted the report is now in a consultation phase until mid-April and there is no guarantee all of these projects will make the final cut after that deadline.

So when asked if they wish to make any comments, we would urge community groups and individuals to make sure they make their views known and help ensure projects that can help Lochaber and our islands remain on the list.

While there is no mention of the Corran Narrows, and the much talked about possibility of a tunnel or bridge to replace the current ferry service, there is mention of a fixed link to connect Mull to the mainland.

This despite the fact there is no real support for such a fixed link from Mull residents themselves, apparently.

Given such circumstances, you would have thought Transport Scotland could at least have acknowledged the long-term challenge of crossing the Corran Narrows?

 

Highland Council this week also warned that with something in the region of 10,000 letting properties across the region, introducing the new nationwide short-term lets licensing scheme is going to be a major undertaking with costs to match.

There was a mixed response to the decision by the Scottish Government to introduce the legislation with national bodies representing self-caterers and land owners sceptical of the benefits.

However, in Lochaber, there was a more positive reaction from councillors, the constituency MSP and Lochaber Chamber of Commerce.

It looks like it will have to be a ‘suck it and see’ situation.