Kate makes tracks for Spean Bridge

Kate Forbes MSP gets on her bike in Spean Bridge.

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Safety issues and active travel were on the agenda when Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP Kate Forbes got on her bike to visit Spean Bridge.

Kate was keen to see where the Connecting Spean Roy Area Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) hopes to establish an active travel track for safe non-motorised travel. One of the tracks might start outside Spean Bridge Primary School.

Ms Forbes also wanted to hear of safety concerns from residents, in particular the
speed limit on the A86 between Spean Bridge and Roy Bridge and articulated truck trailers sweeping over a pavement in Spean Bridge, and the SCIO’s proposals to provide safe active travel on the A82 and A86.

‘I hear you loud and clear,’ was the MSP’s comment to SCIO trustee Keith Hoole. Ms Forbes agreed these issues should all be being dealt with by Transport Scotland.

The Connecting Spean Roy Area SCIO believe the points raised with its MSP are an example of partnership working towards safety and resilience on the transport network Transport Scotland is looking at in its Strategic Transport Projects Review.

Ms Forbes added: ‘I was pleased to to learn more about the community-led initiative to create an active travel route between Spean Bridge and Roy Bridge.

‘This project would provide a safe travel option from both villages, giving children a safe place to learn how to cycle as well as encouraging more people to spend time outdoors.

‘Through conversations and subsequent correspondence I am aware of concerns,
particularly around road safety on trunk roads, and have raised this with Transport
Scotland. I await their response with interest.’

Photograph: Kate Forbes MSP gets on her bike in Spean Bridge. NO_F18_ConnectingSpean-RoyArea_KateForbes