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Signs warning drivers of limited parking on a popular coastal tourist route have been installed by The Highland Council.
Principal traffic officer for The Highland Council Shane Manning said the new signs have been put up in an effort to avoid a repeat of the traffic congestion witnessed along the Arisaig to Morar stretch of the B8008 over the last few years.
He said: ‘It is hoped the warning signs will alert drivers of parking constraints, encourage responsible parking and make people consider the duration of their stay and the impact it may have on other road users and emergency services.’
The council is carrying out road safety work on the B8008 this year to help ease congestion and prevent the blockages experienced in the height of summer 2021 and 2020.
The B8008 road at Traigh, near the golf course, is single lane with passing places and the road was badly damaged by erosion on the beach side caused by vehicles mounting the grass and beach embankments.
The banking has been reinstated and built up to prevent vehicles from parking in the most dangerous and narrow parts of the road. This should, says the local authority, improve driver and pedestrian visibility and road safety near Traigh beach.
There are also areas restricted by double yellow lines – no waiting at any time – so emergency vehicles can get past. Parking enforcement officers patrol the area and will lay out no waiting cones when needed along the route.
People visiting the area to enjoy the incredible beaches and coastline are being urged to consider active travel or use public transport to get there in peak season.
Road safety issues are enforced by Police Scotland who should be contacted using the following: by phone – 999 in an emergency or 101 for non-emergencies; online – for issues of a non-serious nature using the ‘contact us’ form. In person – find your local police station and check the public counter opening hours.
Traffic cones along the B8008. Photograph: The Highland Council. NO F23 coast
One of the new warning signs. Photograph: The Highland Council. NO F23 coast road 02
More than 200 vehicles were counted along the beach road from Arisaig to Morar one day at the end of May last year.
NO F23 Morar roadside