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BEAR Scotland launch consultation ahead of major programme of investment for A82811 Aug 2017

Public asked for feedback on proposals for completing multiple improvement schemes along the route

Ten day-time road closures proposed to maximise the amount of work that can be completed safely and quickly


BEAR Scotland, along with Transport Scotland, have begun consulting on proposals to carry out over £700,000 of road maintenance and improvements on the A828 in the shortest possible timescale with the aim to minimise disruption to road users.

The major programme of work involves fourteen different schemes which will improve the A828 and increase road safety for motorists.  The package includes resurfacing at ten locations providing over 4km of new running surface, as well as drainage upgrades, safety barrier installations, cycleway improvements, road marking refreshment, road stud replacement, installation of bend warning verge markers, landscaping activities and other minor repairs.    The programme will allow multiple schemes to be completed at the same time minimising the overall impact on local residents and commuters over the year.  

The project is planned to be completed under a combination of traffic management arrangements over three weeks in September with, for the first time on this route, proposals for up to ten day-time road closures in two phases covering different sections.  

Click here to visit an information page for the A828 programme of major works

Working simultaneously at a number of locations under traffic management most appropriate for the location and type of work, creates a much safer environment for teams to work in, as well as allowing the resources available to be deployed with maximum effectiveness to complete a range of schemes in the minimum possible time.   In addition, the outputs from multiple quarries to supply materials will be maximised (night-time operations at these facilities are heavily restricted). This cuts the overall time needed to complete the same work at night by more than half.   

BEAR Scotland is very conscious of the impact of roadworks on users and is asking the public to provide feedback on the road closures and restrictions described below.

The improvements are proposed to be carried out between 11 and 28 September in two phases, outlined below.

Phase One – A828 between Ballachulish and Creagan, Monday 11 – Monday 18 September 

Road closed for three days Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 September, 8am to 7pm.  Access for public transport and emergency services would be accommodated, and access for local residents and businesses will be maintained when it is safe to do so.  All other vehicles will be diverted at Ballachulish and Connel via Tyndrum (A82 and A85).  The road will be re-opened each evening.  

Road open at all times to light vehicles only with  temporary traffic signals in place on 14, 15 and 18 September (no restrictions in place at weekends), with HGVs being diverted during the daytime.


Phase Two - A828 between Creagan and Ledaig, Tuesday 19 to Thursday 28 September 

Road closed for seven days, Tuesday 19 – Wednesday 27 September, 8.30am to 7pm (weekdays only, no restrictions at weekends).  Access for public transport and emergency services would be accommodated, and access for local residents and businesses will be maintained when it is safe to do so.   All other vehicles will be diverted at Ballachulish and Connel via Tyndrum (A82 and A85).  The road will be re-opened each evening.  

Road open at all times to light vehicles only and temporary traffic signals in place for the final day of operations on 28 September, with HGVs diverted during the daytime.  

Click here to view an interactive map of the project

Carrying out all activities within the combined project separately and at night would require at least 22 night-time closures and take up to twelve weeks to complete, meaning multiple road closures and traffic management processes spread throughout this prolonged period.  The proposal to deliver the package of improvements in two phases under ‘blocks’ of day closures, outwith the summer peak season, will mean considerably less disruption throughout the year for road users and provides a much safer environment for roadworkers.   The “night-time” alternative would mean delaying the improvements until summer 2018 and would remain subject to obtaining agreements allowing access to quarry supplies. This delay until summer 2018 would also require restrictions this year to allow some temporary works to take place in the meantime in order to ensure the road remains safe until permanent repairs can be carried out.

The first stage of consultation is already underway with discussions between bus operators and the Local Authority in an effort to ensure public and school transport is maintained throughout all the proposals.  

BEAR Scotland are now launching a wider consultation to residents and local businesses with all feedback welcomed.  A dedicated consultation email address has been set up to allow this feedback to take place.

Commenting on the proposals, North West Representative for BEAR Scotland, Eddie Ross, said: 

“This is the first time we have proposed carrying out a programme of major investment using this method.  

“These roadworks are essential to improve the safety of the trunk road, but we want to gauge  feedback from the public – both positive and negative – with regards to the proposed timing of these schemes.  

“We take a huge number of factors into account when planning any project – from the impact on the tourist season, to the weather, to the quarry opening hours, to bus times – and these schemes are no exception.  

“With the restricted availability of surfacing materials for night time operations, it has been necessary for us to explore other options which allow us to deliver this package of work.

“By going in during the day time would mean a shorter period of disruption overall, and would allow us to complete the schemes as quickly and safely as possible by using multiple work squads.  The alternative would mean a much longer overall period of working, with at least 22 night time closures required to complete the full programme safely and always assuming that quarry materials are available and weather hasn’t impacted operations.  This would be followed by a further seven to eight weeks of night time working with traffic lights to complete the works.

“We have already considered alternative options for completing this major programme of investment, and we’ll make sure to communicate decisions to all stakeholders once we’ve discussed all feedback.”

Consultation on the proposals is ongoing and is expected to finish by Monday 21 August.

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