Dangerous bridge closed

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Forestry Commission Scotland’s team of bridge engineers is advising local residents and visitors to Glengarry that the bridge over the Allt na Cailliche has been closed.

Heavy rain throughout the autumn and winter has resulted in high water that has undercut the bridge and made it dangerous.

Kevin Peace, the Commission’s Lochaber District Manager, said:

“The abutments have been undermined and are beyond repair and the only solution is to completely remove the bridge and abutments.

“We will look to do this as soon as possible. We’ll also consult with the local community to gauge their feelings about it.”

The bridge is currently closed off with barriers and will be removed over the winter.

Anyone who would like to offer their views on the relative importance of the bridge to local people and visitors should write to the Commission’s Torlundy office or email locahber@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate managing the 660,000 hectare national forest estate in ways that continue to protect, manage and expand Scotland’s forests and woodlands in a way which helps in the fight against climate change. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

e-mail: paul.munro@forestry.gsi.gov.uk