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Forestry Commission Scotland is beginning preparations for the latest phase of the on-going work to stabilize the slope at Glen Righ above the A82 next week.
As a result, one lane south of the Loch Linnhe picnic site between Fort William and the Corran Ferry, will be closed between the June 24 to June 28 to allow protective catch fencing to be put up. Traffic lights will be used between 7.00 hrs and 19.00 hrs.
Alex Macleod, who is managing the project for the Commission said:
“We’ve had a very successful period of harvesting on the hill, in fact we accomplished more than we’d expected to, and it’s now time to put catch fencing in place for the next stage of the works.
“There are some boulders and rocks in this area and the catch fencing will help protect road users when the work is taking place.
“Once the fencing has been put up, we will be able to get on with work on the hillside throughout the summer, with no further need for traffic management until mid - September at the earliest.
“We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience this work might cause but we hope that this will be kept to a minimum.”
Up to date traffic management information can be found on the Traffic Scotland Web site http://trafficscotland.org/.
A Transport Scotland spokesman said:
‘”We are working closely with Forestry Commission Scotland to ensure their preparatory works on the steep hillside above A82, which will make the area safe for timber felling, can be carried out without endangering road users.
“The short period of one way working on A82 may delay some traffic in the build up to the main tourist season, but the erection of a safety fence above the road will allow works to continue on the hillside throughout the summer, with no effect on traffic.”
Notes to news editors
1. The traffic management will involve a one lane closure on the A82 immediately south of the Loch Linnhe carpark.
The geothechnical team will move back into their compound within the forest the week commencing 17 June to prepare for fence installation the following week.
2. For more information about Forestry Commission Scotland’s longer term programme over the next 10 -15 years - visit www.forestry.gov.uk/A82operations
3. You can also follow us at http://twitter.com/A82operations
4. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government’s Environment and 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
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
Media enquiries to Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6507.