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Contingency plans for public transport in and around the Fort William area are being publicised ahead of the weekend closure (9-12 December) of a section of the A82.
The closure will allow Forestry Commission Scotland contractors to carry out a controlled operation to remove a 250 tonne, potentially unstable rock from the hill side above the A82 Trunk road just to the north of Corran Ferry Junction.
Alan Dickerson, Civil Engineering Central Services, who is managing the project for the Commission, said:
“We’ve been advising public transport operators about this work since September in the hope that this would give them enough time to consider alternative arrangements.
“We will continue to liaise with them right up until the week when work starts and will be happy to help publicise and promote any special services or timetables that they might arrange.
“We very much appreciate the efforts that have been made to continue to provide public transport services over the two days of the closure. We would like to thank all the service providers for their welcome support and assistance.”
Details of alterations are as follows:
• Citylink has published alternative schedules for its services 914,915 and 916 that stick as closely as possible to the regular timetable, and has also laid on two direct coach services between Glasgow and Fort William to maintain a link between Glasgow-Fort William-Isle of Skye. (For full details visit www.citylink.co.uk )
• Highland Council has also arranged for the Corran Ferry service to run until midnight on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December. The last sailing each night will be at 24:00 from the Nether Lochaber Slipway and the first ferry each morning will be at 06:30 from the Nether Lochaber Slipway and the ferry will run as normal during the day. (On the Sunday the ferry will run as normal commencing at 08:45 from the Nether Lochaber Slipway and finishing with a last sailing at 21:30 from the Nether Lochaber Slipway.)
• West Coast Motors 918 Service. Usually timetabled for 2 journeys in each direction (Monday to Saturday between Fort William and Oban), this service will operate between Oban and Ballachulish only over the weekend of the closure. The frequency of journeys and times at each point served will be unaltered.
• Stagecoach 44 Service. Usual timetable is for an hourly service between Fort William and Kinlochleven on Saturdays and 3 return journeys on a Sunday. During the road closure this service will remain hourly on a Saturday between Fort William and Kinlochleven travelling via Treslaig and the Corran Ferry. The Sunday service will also maintain its frequency.
• Shiel Buses 506. Usual timetable for 1 return journey Monday to Saturday between Kilchoan and Fort William using the Corran Ferry. During the road closure this service will operate by travelling round the loch. Departure times at Kilchoan and Fort William are unaffected and remain as 0750 and 1325 respectively.
The Commission will publicise any further information about public transport alterations (as and when notified) along with information about current operations – and the longer term 3-year programme – at www.forestry.gov.uk/A82operations
You can also follow us at http://twitter.com/A82operations
Up to date information on the closure will be available 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