'Early warning systems' in place on A82 rock

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Forestry Commission Scotland has started monitoring the rock that they intend to bring down in a controlled operation in late November/early December.

Specific monitoring measures have been put in place at the site of the potentially unstable rock on the A82 hillside just north of the Corran Ferry point.

These supplement the road-side signage already put in place by Transerv, advising motorists to be aware of the risk of falling rocks.

Mike Green, the Commission’s project manager, said:

“Because the rock is potentially unstable, we’ve installed cctv at the site and fixed ‘tell-tales’ to the side of the rock across key fracture points as an ‘early warning’ system.

“At the first, miniscule signs of movement in the rock itself or in the surroundings - moving branches, rocks or animals and such like – we’ll be informed and will get people on site to examine what is happening and - if necessary – mobilise our resources to manage the situation as it develops.

“We’ve taken these steps as an extra precaution to help us minimise the risk to public safety as much as we can.”

It is expected that the contractor who will undertake the work will be announced next week and a date for the proposed closure confirmed before the end of October.

The Commission has also been gathering topographic information along the A82 adjacent to Glen Righ Forest that will help plan their 3-year felling programme.

Mike added:

“Our long-term aspiration is to fell all the mature trees on the National Forest Estate adjacent to the A82 along the full stretch – from Ballachulish to Inverness.

“This will be phased over many years, which means we won’t be felling at roadside for the whole time, but it’s still a major operation. The felling at Glen Righ, which we have programmed to carry out over three years, represents the first phase of works.

“We’re doing some hi-tech surveying to help us plan, design and manage the works that will be required.”

To keep up to date with the latest news, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/A82operations and follow us at http://twitter.com/A82operations

Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate, managing, enhancing and expanding 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



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