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Forestry Commission Scotland is resuming harvesting work at Glen Righ on 27th May and will be dealing with some of the biggest trees that have had to be felled to date.
With some of the trees being nearly 40 metres high and weighing over 5 tonnes, the Commission’s team will be using one of the biggest skylines in the UK to safely fell and remove them from the hillside above the A82.
To ensure that members of the public and other road users are protected and remain safe, traffic management will be in place over the course of this latest phase, which is expected to continue until late Autumn.
Alex McLeod, who is managing the project for the Commission, said;
“We’ve built up a good body of experience of steep ground work over the past two years but we’ve not yet had to deal with trees of this size.
“We’re taking a belt and braces approach to public safety on this one and we’ve analyzed traffic flows along the A82 – as well as ferry sailings - at this time of year in a bid to minimize disruption as much as we can.
“However, we acknowledge that there will be some inconvenience and we would like to apologize in advance to road users who will be affected.”
Traffic management will be in place - Monday to Friday - from 05.00am until 3.00pm and will include short periods of road closure in both directions of ;
• Up to 20mins between 05.00am and 07.00am
• Up to 10mins between 09.00am and 3.00pm
Vehicles will be allowed to clear from both directions between each period of closure and there will be no closures between 08.00am and 09.00am.
Traffic management will be removed at the end of each working day shortly after 3.00pm) and will not be in place around the weekend of the mountain bike championship in June.
It will also be removed after Friday 4th July when the Scottish school holidays start and will not return again until after the English school holidays in early Sept.
For more information about Forestry Commission Scotland’s longer term programme over the next 10 -15 years, and to see a full report on the drop-in sessions - 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 is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.
2. For news, events and recreation information log on to
www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests For Twitter: www.twitter.com/fcscotland
3. There are two main types of skyline system – the low level, which raises the front of the load just enough to allow it free passage over obstacles, and the fully or partially suspended skyline systems, which uses a locking carriage to hold the load firmly in place and carry it over obstacles entirely.
4. 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