A82 Operational success - Thank you!

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Forestry Commission Scotland has offered its thanks to the people of Fort Williams and surrounding communities for their understanding and support during the operation to remove the big rock.

The operation, which was six months in the planning, was completed successfully and on time last weekend.

Mike Green, who is managing the Commission’s 3-year programme of works in Glen Righ said;

“This was a big job that was successful because of the input of a lot of people.
The professionalism and expertise of all our partners ensured that we were able to soak up the impact of last week’s storm, find a second boulder and still manage to get the job done on time.

“Transport Scotland, Traffic Scotland and Scotland Transerv did a magnificent job in helping us to keep road users informed, doing their usual thorough job in placing information signage at all the key points on the road network.

“Our geo-tech partners - Coffey Engineering and Geo-rope – gave us the very best advice and technical skills in preparing for and in carrying out the job and the emergency services excelled in developing contingency plans that allowed them to maintain their normal level of service. Local and national media also deserve a pat on the back for helping us to keep local communities involved throughout the exercise.

“And all of this was co-ordinated and led by Alan Dickerson, who did a fantastic job in making it all work so smoothly and seamlessly.

“But it was the forbearance and understanding of local residents – which was both very supportive and very welcome - that capped it all.

“We’d like to extend a very big thank you to everyone – and hope that we can all look forward to an enjoyable and event free festive season!”

Although the rock has been dealt with,  the Commission’s team will continue with other works in the Glen Righ programme – including up-grading the forest road, installing more catch-fencing at other locations, tree harvesting and further geo-technical work to make the hillside safe.

Mike added:

“We’ve built up a head of steam now and will take advantage of the momentum we’ve built up to keep going through the winter……with no further full closures planned!

“We are on site and prepared – in the event of any further bad storms – to do what we can to help deal with the impact and effects. We will of course continue to keep all our stakeholders informed of our plans along the way”

The continuing works are preparatory measures designed to ensure the safety of the public – and staff – when harvesting commences in spring 2012.

Information about the continuing Glen Righ programme can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/A82operations and through http://twitter.com/A82operations

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

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

2) Airson agallamhan anns a’ Ghàidhlig, cuiribh fios gu Oifigear Leasachaidh Gàidhlig a’ Choimisean, Louise Nicilleathain air 01463 725 038


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