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There are some things that can’t be done with out traffic management – and one of them is preparing to bring down trees on a very steep hill.
Forestry Commission Scotland’s ongoing work along the A82 has largely been behind the scenes since the winter following the successful operation to bring down a potentially dangerous 250 tonne rock.
But some traffic management has been ongoing to ensure the safety both of the Commission’s team and of road users.
Alan Dickerson, who manages the project for the Commission, said:
“We’ve hopefully been pretty unobtrusive for the last month or two because we’ve been focussing on strengthening the in-forest road and securing the rock face, putting catch fences in place that sort of thing.
“I appreciate that the traffic management is still in place and is not ideal for people but unfortunately it’s really the only way we can do the job safely. We’ll do all we can to minimize any inconvenience.
“The plan is to complete the first phase of geo-technical work by late summer – and then we can think about planning the felling work. We don’t expect this to begin until the autumn but we will keep everyone posted.”
Traffic management will be in place at various times throughout this period but again we’ll keep everyone updated with how our operations are proceeding.
For more information about Forestry Commission Scotland’s longer term programme over the next 3 years - visit www.forestry.gov.uk/A82operations
You can also follow us at http://twitter.com/A82operations
Up to date traffic management information can be found on the Traffic Scotland Web site http://trafficscotland.org/
Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate, managing, protecting and enhancing the 660,000 hectare national forest estate in ways that deliver benefits to Scotland’s people, communities, biodiversity and economy. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
2) The programme of works is being carried out with project partners Coffey International Limited, a specialist consultancy with expertise in geosciences, international development, and project management, (http://uk.coffey.com/ ) and specialist construction and groundworks company Geo-Rope (http://www.geo-rope.com/index.html )
1) Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a’ riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland