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Over £1M invested into A82 Tarbet to Crianlarich road improvements22 Nov 2017


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Over £1M invested into A82 Tarbet to Crianlarich road improvements22 Nov 2017

Multiple teams totalling to over 100 roadworkers carried out 7,500 hours of work

New 400m safety barrier installed

Road reopened as planned from 6pm Tuesday 21 November

Two days of work required to finish final resurfacing projects delayed by heavy rain this week - currently scheduled for Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 November


Over £1M has been invested into the A82 between Tarbet and Crianlarich following a 12-day project to carry out a programme of road improvements to the route.  The works have taken place successfully, with the traffic management arrangements being well received.

Click here to view an interactive map of the project

The A82 reopened as planned on Tuesday 21 November at 6pm after multiple teams totalling to over 100 operatives carried out over 7,500 hours of work across 16 miles of the route, including:

Installation of 86 new chevron signs, 365 new verge markers and over 900 new barrier mounted reflectors to improve road safety and visibility.

Over 50,000m of road markings refreshed, including over 90 ‘SLOW’ road markings updated.

Over 1,400 new road studs installed

Around 600m of dilapidated wall removed and drainage improved 

20 road side gullies repaired

Over 200 new drainage offlets installed

Over 120 road side gullies and 40 culverts cleared and jetted

Around 13,000sqm of new surfacing material laid to date, totalling to just under 3,000 tonnes. 

Dubh Eas Bridge near Falls of Falloch painted to protect against rust

Masonry repairs at Ardvorlich 

26km of vegetation clearance including removal of approximately 60,000 branches

Two tonnes of litter removed by local authorities

A variety of other minor maintenance works


Despite extensive progress on site, heavy rain since Monday has meant that completion of surfacing projects at Stuckendroin and Home on the Loch, to the north of Tarbet, has been delayed, as laying surfacing in heavy rain undermines the integrity of the completed surface.  

Although over half of the resurfacing at both locations has been completed, works to finish off the resurfacing has been scheduled to take place next week which will complete the package of improvements.  

Teams will first carry out the final section of resurfacing at Stuckendroin on Monday 27 November between 8am and 6pm.  The road will remain open, however a 10mph convoy system will be in place to protect the teams as they complete the surfacing.

On Tuesday 28 November teams will return to the narrow bends at Home on the Loch, just north of Tarbet, to finish the surfacing.  Severe limitations with overnight quarry access and cold overnight temperatures means the works need to be completed during the daytime, however due to the narrow widths at this section of the road – in some places less than 6m wide - the work has to be completed under a daytime road closure for safety of both road users and roadworkers.  Works will instead be carried out between 8am and 6pm under one final daytime closure, with traffic management arrangements in place the same as before.  

The resurfacing will be rescheduled should weather conditions prevent the works going ahead next week.

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative, said: 

“Our teams have finished the vast majority of the £1M programme of improvements we had set out to complete earlier this month including replacing the full crash barrier heavily damaged earlier this year.  We’re disappointed to not have the full programme of work completed within the timescales we had outlined at the start of the project, however the weather has impacted our programme.

“Our resurfacing teams have been working since Monday to try and complete as much of the remaining surfacing as possible when conditions have allowed, however the adverse conditions have hampered progress on site meaning we were unable to finalise the resurfacing at Stuckendroin and the section of the road through the narrow bends at Home on the Loch near Tarbet.

“Instead, we’ve reopened the road as normal for the remainder of this week and teams will revisit the sites next week when the weather forecast is improved, should conditions be favourable.  We’ve arranged for the outstanding work at Stuckendroin to be completed under a convoy meaning the road can reopen on Monday, however due to the narrow bends north of Tarbet the road has to be closed for one last day on Tuesday to safely finish off the final section of surfacing through the narrow bends at Home on the Loch.  

“Heavy rain and low temperatures can have a significant impact on road materials during surfacing operations such as this, and although the weather is outwith our control, our teams will continue to do all they can to minimise disruption and complete the works as quickly and safely as possible next week.  

“We’ve updated all relevant stakeholders to inform them of the extension to the project, and once again thank all road users for their continued patience while we finish off this programme of improvements, and hope they will be pleased with the results.”

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on, twitter @trafficscotland, or on the new Traffic Scotland mobile site, 

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BEAR Scotland primed and ready to deal with winter conditions 21 Nov 2017


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BEAR Scotland primed and ready to deal with winter conditions 21 Nov 2017


57,000 tonnes of salt ready to treat trunk routes across north of Scotland

180 strong winter team ready to tackle winter conditions

Winter control room to monitor conditions 24/7

BEAR Scotland’s winter maintenance services are up and running and ready to tackle whatever winter weather affects over 2000km of trunk roads across the North East and North West of Scotland.

BEAR Scotland’s winter maintenance team works around the clock, analysing detailed weather forecasts to ensure treatments are carried out as necessary. It has 57,000 tonnes of salt in stock, a workforce of 180 drivers and a fleet of 94 winter vehicles dedicated to helping keep the trunk roads as clear as possible. 

Much of the service is related to precautionary treatments – spreading pre-wetted salt on routes that will experience low temperatures – in a bid to stop ice forming. The service also is made up of winter patrols which monitor routes with an ability to spot-treat any icy patches.


Transport Scotland’s online ‘trunk road gritter tracker’, launched last winter, provides live tracking of gritters on the trunk road network.  It displays the current location of gritters and a trail with an age range for where gritters have previously passed along trunk routes across Scotland.

BEAR is also on hand to deal with any issues on the trunk roads brought by storms that bring high winds and heavy rain. Gully tankers, sandbags, and water pumps are available to deal with any flooding issues and chainsaw operatives are also on standby to attend any fallen trees or branches.

Iain Murray, BEAR Scotland’s Managing Director, said: “We have 180 dedicated, trained and experienced employees ready to deal with winter across the trunk roads that we maintain. Our winter control room monitors road conditions on a 24/7 basis meaning we can act quickly to changing winter weather conditions from the challenges of low temperatures and snow to bad storms.

“As ever, we ask members of the public to ensure their vehicles are well maintained, that they pay close attention to local and national media and online information to help plan journeys during inclement weather and that they carry equipment to help themselves should conditions deteriorate.”

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£1M Tarbet to Crianlarich A82 improvement project making good progress16 Nov 2017


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£1M Tarbet to Crianlarich A82 improvement project making good progress16 Nov 2017

Safety barrier works progressing well

Resurfacing projects nearing completion and 50,000m of road markings installed

Works set to finish on programme on Tuesday 21 November as planned

Road closures in place for roadworker safety, 8am to 6pm, weekdays only


A major road improvement project worth over £1M on the A82 between Tarbet and Crianlarich is progressing well, with works on programme for completion on schedule.

Multiple worksites have seen over 100 roadworkers and engineers carrying out a variety of works packages to the 16 miles of road alongside Loch Lomond since last week.  

The project is being implemented during the day-time under a full road closure to ensure the safety of the workforce during replacement of a crash barrier on the edge of a steep bank above Loch Lomond, however additional road improvements projects are being completed at the same time to make full use of the opportunities provided by this essential closure.

Click here to view an interactive map of the project

Works include projects to increase road safety on this section of the A82, including resurfacing works, installation of new road signs and markers, drainage improvements and removal of unstable stone walls, overgrown vegetation and branches cut-back to improve visibility, replacement of road studs and re-lining along the whole length of the site. 

Teams have made good progress with replacing the heavily damaged crash barrier south of Inverarnan, which will see over 400m of new barrier installed following an HGV incident earlier this year. 

Works to carry out new road markings within the closure length have already seen more than 50,000 metres of new road line painted as well as refreshment of hazard warnings throughout, plus over 600 road studs installed so far.   Specialist high friction surfacing works have also begun north of Inveruglas to help improve vehicle grip on the road before the bends south of Pulpit Rock.  The resurfacing works through Inverarnan and south of Pulpit Rock are now complete with teams working on resurfacing the next sections at Home on the Loch and Stuckendroin this week.

Over 300m of dilapidated walls have been taken down so far with the stone reused on the slope faces and ditches formed to improve road drainage.  All road gullies have now been cleaned with works to clear culverts below the road ongoing this week.

Multiple teams have been clearing vegetation to remove undergrowth and open up the tree canopy which will reduce shade, improve visibility and airflow over damp road surfaces and reduce the risk of contact with high sided vehicles. 

Installation of chevron signs at bends is complete with over 400 barrier reflectors already installed. These measures will enhance driver awareness of the bends, particularly between Inverarnan and Tarbet.

Two squads are currently working on some of the structures within the closure with parapet and wall repairs carried out as well as bridge repainting works underway.

Stirling Council, Argyll & Bute Council and Forestry Commission Scotland are also undertaking projects this week on the A82 between Tarbet to Crianlarich to make full use of the road closure and traffic management arrangements in place.  

Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “The project is making good progress on the A82, and despite the wet and cold weather conditions teams have managed to continue the works as scheduled over the past week. Already there is a noticeable improvement to this stretch of the route.    

“Everyone is working hard on the project and making full use of the road closure which is essential to allow the new crash barrier alongside Loch Lomond to be safely installed.  This has meant we’ve been able to carry out more road improvements than we would have usually been able to had the road been opened, including working with other agencies to really make sure everyone is making full use of the road closure in place.  

“Every effort is being made to minimise disruption during this project, including liaising with stakeholders throughout the work and making sure that all those with access through the sites are being escorted through safely. We do however remind those who have access to please follow the reduced speed limits in the works areas which are in place for everyone’s safety.

“We thank all road users for their continued patience during these works, and encourage them to continue to check Traffic Scotland for up to date road information and leave some extra time to complete their journeys.”

The A82 road improvements project is set to finish on Tuesday 21 November, with the road open from 6pm that evening.  

The road closures are in place each week day 8am to 6pm with access maintained for all residents, businesses, emergency services, scheduled public buses and school transport.  All other traffic is diverted via A83, A819 and A85.

Click here for an overview of the project

Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on or twitter @trafficscotland.

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Teams gear up for £1M road improvements project on A82 Tarbet to Crianlarich starting next week02 Nov 2017


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Teams gear up for £1M road improvements project on A82 Tarbet to Crianlarich starting next week02 Nov 2017


Project to begin on Monday 6 November for 12 days

Package of improvements will see multiple projects completed including full replacement of heavily damaged crash barrier

Daytime road closures 8am to 6pm, weekdays only, required for roadworker safety

BEAR Scotland working with other agencies to maximise use of road closures


Road crews are gearing up to begin a major package of road improvements worth over £1M starting next week.  

Starting on Monday 6 November, works teams totalling over 90 operatives and associated plant and delivery vehicles will complete a number of schemes on the route over a 12 day period.

Click here to view an interactive map of the project

The project was given the go-ahead earlier in the month after a public consultation with the community, MSPs, MPs, businesses, residents, Emergency Services and other stakeholders including a public exhibition and letter drop to over 600 addresses.

The programme of improvements includes full replacement of a heavily damaged crash barrier after an HGV incident in May earlier this year. This will allow removal of the temporary traffic lights which have been in place since the accident.

Risk assessments determined that due to the topography of the location – the narrow verge, heavily overgrown embankment, steep drop into loch - and the need to work on the slope itself to install the foundation for the barrier, day time road closures are required to complete the safe installation of 400 metres of replacement safety barrier.

To make full use of the road closure required for the barrier replacement, over 12 different contractors working in multiple squads will be utilised to deliver a wide variety of road maintenance and improvement schemes including over 4km of carriageway resurfacing, drainage works, cutting back of vegetation and trees, sign replacement, new road lining and studs, removal of unstable stone walls, repairs to damaged walls and a bridge parapet as well as miscellaneous minor works.

BEAR Scotland have reached out to other organisations who require to work on the A82 to take full advantage of the day time road closures. Teams from Argyll and Bute and Stirling Councils will carry out litter picking duties and Forestry Commission Scotland will undertake tree felling within their land adjacent to the trunk road.  Discussions have also taken place with Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park to undertake some minor improvements on their behalf and with Consultants who will be carrying out survey works required to deliver the planned A82 Tarbet to Inverarnan Upgrade for Transport Scotland.

The programme will begin on Monday 6 November, with the A82 between Tarbet and Crianlarich closed to through traffic from 8am to 6pm each day, Monday to Fridays only for 12 days, ending on Tuesday 21 November.  Access will be maintained at all times to locations between the closure points for local residents, businesses, Emergency Services, school transport and all scheduled service buses. In the interests of safety for the large number of operatives working on the carriageway during the closure, all through traffic will be diverted via the A83, A819 and A85. 

An additional project at Dubh Eas Bridge near the Falls of Falloch has also been added to the programme which will see specialist teams apply a special protective paint to the steel beams of the bridge. To complete the project will take around six weeks with temporary traffic lights in operation for most of the period.  Therefore, by starting work on the scheme during the daytime closures, the overall impact of this scheme on road users is significantly reduced.

Commenting on the improvements, Eddie Ross, BEAR Scotland’s North West Representative said: “We’ve been preparing for the major programme of work to get underway on Monday, and are looking forward to mobilising on site next week to get started on the £1M programme of improvements on the route.

“Trunk road safety is our top priority, and in this case we have to close the road for the protection of our teams as well as motorists.   We have however reached out to other organisations not just to inform them of the closures, but also to provide the opportunity for them to use the traffic management arrangements we have in place to carry out any works of their own.  

“As such we now have teams coming on board from both Stirling Council and Argyll & Bute Council who will be carrying out litter picking duties, as well as works being carried out by Forestry Commission Scotland. 

“Our bridges team will also carry out the start of a painting scheme on the A82 near Falls of Falloch, making full use of the traffic management that is available to minimise the overall impact of the project.  The steel-protection painting works will continue for a further four weeks after the closures under traffic light control for safety.

“We’ll be sharing daily updates online about our progress on site, and we encourage all road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date information.”

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Real time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on or twitter @trafficscotland.

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We're hiring! Come along to our Information Session in Perth in October to find out more.21 Sep 2017

We're hiring! Come along to our Information Session in Perth in October to find out more.

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We're hiring! Come along to our Information Session in Perth in October to find out more.21 Sep 2017

Looking for a new challenge?


Join our team.


BEAR Scotland manage, maintain and improve almost 2,000km of Scottish trunk road including

over 3,000 bridges and structures through some of the most scenic, but challenging, parts of the country.

From our main offi ces in Perth, Inverness, Edinburgh, Fort William and Dundee, our team of over 500 employees deliver £80 Million of road maintenance and improvement work every year.

We currently have a range of exciting opportunities for Highways, Bridges, Road Safety and Traffic Engineers and Technicians across all levels.

A drop in information evening will take place in Perth at the Holiday Inn Express, Dunkeld Road, on Tuesday 3 October between 4pm and 8pm. This will be a chance to find out more about BEAR Scotland and the roles on offer.

With a varied workload, guiding projects from inception through to completion these demanding roles will bring out the best in you. With attractive salaries, excellent career progression opportunities and the satisfaction of a job well done, you won’t look back.

If you are up for the challenge, you could be a part of it.


Drop in information: Holiday Inn Express, Tuesday 3 October between 4pm and 8pm.


Address: Holiday Inn Express, 200 Dunkeld Road, Perth, PH1 3AQ


downloadBEAR Scotland_Recruitment Drive 2017.pdf

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Two pedestrian crossings proposed for A96 in Elgin at Dr Gray’s Roundabout and South College Street14 Sep 2017

Two traffic signal controlled crossings are proposed to be installed in Elgin on the A96 at Dr. Gray’s Roundabout on West Road and at South College Street.

Here you will find information on how the crossings came about, their benefits and detailed plans.

The A96 is the trunk road maintained by BEAR Scotland Ltd on behalf of the Trunk Roads Authority, Transport Scotland. The local road network is maintained by Moray Council.


Why and how we have considered the crossings?

We received frequent communication over a number of years from various members of the public and local groups, staff at East End Primary School, the school crossing patroller at South College Street and Elgin Academy Parent Council to investigate the possibility of installing traffic signal controlled crossings in Elgin.

These individuals and groups were concerned about the day to day safety of school pupils and members of the public being able to cross the A96 in safety. The school crossing patroller at South College Street reported numerous incidents of ‘near misses’ with vehicles failing to stop for the crossing patrol.

We undertook an investigation looking at three locations including Dr. Gray’s Roundabout, South College Street and also near Northfield Roundabout. The investigation included the following:

Analysis of the accident history of the three locations.

Pedestrian and traffic surveys were undertaken to identify the numbers of pedestrians crossing the A96 and the volumes of traffic on the road.

Three locations were assessed for suitability of a crossing point over the A96. The investigation included an assessment of the existing pedestrian crossing infrastructure and the level of conflict experienced between pedestrians and vehicles.

The numbers of children, elderly and disabled road users was assessed as part of the pedestrian survey. Key locations such as hospitals, public buildings, commercial centres and schools and colleges were reviewed to identify generators of pedestrian movements.

The proximity of cycle and walking routes to the proposed crossings was identified. In particular, the potential for providing future cycle routes to the proposed crossing points was explored. 

The assessment procedure for providing traffic signal controlled crossings is defined in Local Transport Note 1/95 published by the Department for Transport. This guidance was followed when determining the suitability and appropriateness of potential crossing points. The assessment undertaken recommended installation of traffic signal controlled crossings at Dr. Gray’s roundabout and South College Street but not near Northfield Roundabout.

See below link at bottom of page for plans, maps and drawings of the proposed A96 Elgin Crossings.


Benefits of the crossings

High levels of potential conflict between pedestrians and vehicles were found, particularly at peak times. A traffic signal controlled crossing will increase the safety for pedestrians crossing the A96 at these locations.

Due to the closely located cycle routes situated on the northern side of Elgin there is a real opportunity to incorporate the signal controlled crossings into future cycle routes in the town.

The proposed crossings will be ready to upgrade to ‘Toucan’ style crossings which would enable cyclists to use them.

By improving the provision of crossing facilities on the A96 this will help to reduce community severance and encourage modal shift by making walking and cycling a more attractive option. This could have a potential health benefit and potentially reduce the levels of car usage in Elgin.


The crossings in the wider context of Elgin

There are three existing traffic signal controlled crossings within the main town centre area of Elgin. These are situated close to Tesco supermarket, near the town bus station and a further crossing at Lossie Wynd. Two segregated crossing points are provided by a pedestrian subway near St. Giles Shopping Centre and a pedestrian over-bridge on Alexandra Road.

The two new planned crossings are situated away from these existing facilities and therefore add to the towns facilities rather than duplicating them.

The new crossing points will be ‘on-demand’ and will therefore only be activated and a ‘red’ stop signal be shown to traffic when a user presses the call button. At all other times the signals will show as ‘green’ allowing traffic to flow freely. This will minimise any unnecessary delays to traffic.

At the location of the South College Street crossing, a school crossing patrol operates. The traffic signal controlled crossing will therefore formalise this crossing location and result in less disruption to traffic.

At Dr Gray’s Roundabout the pedestrian and cycle surveys showed that these crossing movements were highest between 3pm and 4pm. At South College Street the numbers of pedestrians and cyclist was highest during the period 8am to 9am; and, We recognise that there is likely to be additional delay to drivers on the A96 and this has been carefully considered against the safety benefits for pedestrians and cyclists. At the South College Street crossing there are very high numbers of school pupils and at the Dr’ Gray’s roundabout there are also high numbers of school pupils but also a large volume of adult users, many of which are travelling to and from the hospital.

See below link at bottom of page for plans, maps and drawings of the proposed A96 Elgin Crossings.


Next Steps - Construction

It is proposed that the two traffic signal controlled crossings will be installed in the autumn/winter period of 2017/2018.

Works will be undertaken during off-peak periods, i.e. 9.30am-3pm to minimise disruption to traffic and the travelling public. Some elements of the works may require weekend working with diversions put in place.

We’ve already hosted a public information exhibition in Elgin Town Hall to discuss the project with members of the community, and initial feedback about the proposals has been very positive.  

Letters will be distributed to those in the immediate vicinity of the works before construction starts, detailing how the crossings will be installed and when works will take place. Information will be provided on social media feeds including the BEAR Scotland website and Twitter.

To assess the safe operation of the crossings when constructed, a Road Safety Audit has also been undertaken for the proposed crossings. The Road Safety Audit reviews the proposed scheme design to ensure safe operation by all road user groups.

See below link at bottom of page for plans, maps and drawings of the proposed A96 Elgin Crossings.


How you can find out more

Follow us on Twitter @NETrunkRoads for latest updates regarding the scheme and any trunk road traffic issues.

If you have specific comments in relation to this scheme then please e-mail them to

BEAR Scotland are appointed by Transport Scotland to manage and maintain the North East Scotland Trunk Road Network.

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